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San Jose Sharks Nix Bail Bonds T-Shirts at Game

Jeff Stanley, the owner of Bad Boys Bail Bonds, has first row seats at the San Jose Sharks home games every season. In the past he ran a $70,000 advertising campaign at the Shark’s games, but this season he didn’t renew. So, apparently he received a call from the Sharks telling him NOT to wear his Bad Boys Bail Bond t-shirt to the games anymore, or risk being kicked out of the stadium. 

A Shark fan thought it was inappropriate to wear a t-shirt promoting his bail bond company because this is a family sporting event. While other fans thought the request was obsurd, and wore Bad Boys Bail Bond t-shirts to the game, as well. They said they weren’t associated with the bail bond agency they must have felt the request was rediculous, as well.

Stanley was asked by the reporter from KTVU if he “planned to sue the Sharks,” and Stanley’s response was, “We’ll see”, with a big grin.

While I can appreciate the Sharks upset over losing a $70,000 advertiser, I can’t imagine that they could ban anyone from wearing t-shirts advertising any business or brand. Isn’t this why companies print and distribute t-shirts in the first place? They’d have to be looking at everyone entering the stadium to determine who could enter and who’d have to leave.

I see a riot in the making if it comes down to that type of discrimination! What do you think?

Watch this News video clip from KTVU…


Trio arrested in Modesto bail bonds case in court…

It never ceases to amaze me that people, no matter what business or socio-economic level they have attained, will do for money. And, this situation shows the extremes people will go to for money. Not to mention the bad rep it gives bail bondsmen.

The Modesto Bee reported, “the owner and two employees of a Modesto bail bonds business appeared in court today (Thursday, Sept. 15th, 2011) charged with criminal conspiracy, grand theft, perjury and kidnapping.”

“The kidnapping charges against the business owner and one of the employees stem from allegations that they held clients against their will for failing to make payments to the business”, according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday at Stanislaus County Superior Court.

They actually would handcuff their clients and threaten them for hours if they didn’t come up with the balances owed to the bail bond agency.

The Central Valley Business News stated that, “Bail agent Aleo J. Pontillo, 40, of Modesto, owner of AJ’s Bail Bonds, and bail agent and office manager Janelle Llorens, 27, also of Modesto, have been charged with kidnapping clients for the purpose of extortion and insurance fraud, says California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones.  Bail for Mr. Pontillo and Ms. Llorens was set at $2,000,000 and $1,000,000, respectively.”

I think this is outrageous! This is harrassment 100 times over. Why post bail for people who can’t pay you back in the first place? It sound like the bail bond agency put themselves in that position and then they badger the clients for not paying. I’d say that the owner is not a smart businessman to begin with. He seems to resort to intimidation, harrassment and threats to get what he wants. There’s something terribly wrong with this picture.

Bail bond agencies don’t typically conduct business this way. I will admit that there are some that don’t follow the Department of Insurances guidelines to the letter by illegally lowering their fees, but this has been taken to an enormous extreme. This, in my way of thinking, is not acceptable or tollerable behavior.

Read more details on this case from several newspapers: 




Cal State professor accused of drug trafficking must show source of bail

Well, I must say that this is quite a shocking story. Not only is this professor of 10 years at CalState San Bernardino in the drug biz, but he’s also the president of a motorcycle gang known as the Devil’s Diciples! WOW! Not exactly the image of a professor one would expect. I guess it goes to show you that you can’t judge a book by it’s cover!

All that aside, it seems that the court is questioning how and who bailed him out. Where did the money come from for his $300,000 bail? Could it be the drug money that answers the “how”?

It will be interesting to see how this all plays out for this professor no more. Why do people think they will never get caught? Apparently he was able to separate his dual life for a long time, but for now, he’s out of commission.

Read more details about this case in the two articles attached…



Zoning Restrictions for Bail Bondsmen Becoming more Popular…

It seems that since the passing of a ‘zoning ordinance’ in San Jose, California, regarding the restriction of Bail Bond businesses in the area surrounding the local jail, the journalist, Sandra Ryder, who initially reported the problem in an article entitled, “Bail Bonds Akin To Porn?”, has been inundated with concerns from other citizens for and against the situation.

Ms. Ryder stated that, “Since that article was published, there has been an outpouring of concern, in addition to startling revelations about the level to which discrimination is being perpetrated against bail bonds agencies.”

While viewing this situation with an open mind, I can understand the concern of the residents in the area, but can’t help but wonder what they would do if they needed a bail bondsman.  I am also troubled by the stigma out there that bail bondsmen are negatively contributing to the morality of the community, by equating our industry to the porn industry.

Many people may be conditioned to believe that only a certain segment of the population is more apt to be arrested than others. However, what they may not realize is that there are many people who appear to be upstanding citizens who end up in situations like; DUIs, Domestic Violence and more, and, for the first time, may be faced with the need to bail a friend or loved one out of jail.

I think it is sad that the general public is so brain-washed into believing that bail bondsmen are “bad”, when we are just trying to help people to get out of jail to work on their defenses. Especially, when the law states that, “a defendant is innocent until proven guilty.”

The Bail Bond industry is nothing like the Porn industry. We are not doing anything immoral. We are more of a protective industry, with concern for local communities. Bail Bond agencies work with the law not against it!  Do you agree?

Read more of this article…


Can you surrender a defendant to the court after you have already bailed them out?

The answer is yes. A bail bondsman can actually arrest the defendant if they have violated the requirements of their bail, which is to appear in court on the date(s) specified. Surrendering a defendant will primarily occur when the co-signer of the original bail bond requests the Bail Agent to do so. It is the bail bond company’s responsibility to find the defendant and surrender them to the court.

The other day, we had a client call up requesting to return the friend he bailed out of jail for $8,000, to go back to jail because they were fighting about something. Then, before we knew it, both parties were on the phone fighting with each other, and trying to put our bail agent in the middle. The Bail Agent was forceful enough to make them understand that this has “nothing to with me or our company, therefore, you should not be calling us. This is a personal dispute that you have to work out between the two of you.”

What is important to know is that bail bond companies are not mediators. We get involved only when someone is arrested and needs to be bailed out of jail, initially. The bail bond is posted based on the promise that the defendant will show up for his/her court date(s), which is the guarantee made by the person (or co-signer) bailing out the defendant.

This is not an unusual situation as you saw when I wrote about the guy trying to take back a friend who was abusing drugs. However, it was done in such an abusive manner that he and his wife were arrested, and bail was set at $2,000 for him and $1,500 for his wife!

The moral of this story is to be aware of what you are doing, even if it is for the defendant’s own good, because the Bailor can become the Bailee!

If you have ever had a bizarre or unusual bail bond related experience, please share it.