“Court Surrender”

I had just started working as a bondsman and I was with a big agency. My two bosses wanted me at court with them one day. A defendant was supposed to appear, and they intended to surrender him back to the court.
A bondsman can surrender a defendant back to the court and have the defendant re-arrested for good cause. If the bondsman has evidence the defendant lied on his paperwork, or if the defendant gives an indication he is not going to fulfill his obligations to the court, or if the facts of the case change in any way, e.g., if the defendant commits another crime while he’s out on bail, the bondsman can surrender him and have the bail exonerated. It’s up to the judge to agree, but if there is good cause, most judges will.
My bosses had plenty of cause to surrender this guy. He had failed to appear once before, he had lied on his application, he owed the agency money, and in general he was a bad-news defendant. They wanted no more part of his case.
They wanted a third agent there to help block off the courtroom exits, in case the defendant decided to run. I guess they chose me because they thought it would be good experience.
The courtroom had two exits. One of my bosses stood outside the exit that went into the lobby, and I stood just inside the doorway that led into the main hall. My other boss stood at the back of the courtroom to wait.
The defendant was seated near the front, but at one point he turned and glanced around the courtroom. It occurred to me he might have been expecting to see my boss there, and sure enough, he made eye contact and stood.
Seeing that my boss was blocking the main exit just ahead of me, the defendant turned and ran to the other exit. He opened the door and collided with my other boss. They scuffled and my first boss and the sheriff ran over to assist. When the defendant saw them coming, he broke away and headed right for me.
He had never seen me before, because I was new, and I guess he figured I was just an innocent bystander who wouldn’t get in his way. Imagine his surprise when I blocked his exit. I delayed him long enough that the sheriff was able to handcuff him.
That was my first experience as a bail agent.

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