From Bad to Worse: Why Skipping Bail Should Never Be an Option

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Skipping out on bail isn’t just an “option” that most people hope they never have to use – it should never be an option in the first place. Getting arrested is already a very serious situation for everyone involved. You don’t want to take a bad situation and somehow manage to make it even worse by skipping out on bail. Not only will you be making things more difficult for yourself, but you’ll also be creating huge number of new problems for the person who was kind enough to bail you out in the first place.

Loss of Collateral

One of the first things that will happen if you skip out on bail is that the person who put up the money for bail will lose whatever they had to use as collateral on the bond. If the person who bailed you out collected the necessary money through various means or emptied their savings account in order to help out a friend or family member in need, they can consider that money “gone” the moment you don’t show up for court. This could create an extremely negative financial situation for that person depending on the total amount of the bond in question.

Future Bail

From a personal standpoint, your chances of ever getting bail in the future also go down to what is essentially zero if you skip out on bail a single time. Even though nobody ever plans on the need to get bailed out multiple times in their lifetime, it would still be a nice option to have. No matter what crime you would be charged with in the future, it would be very difficult to get a judge to even consider setting bail if you’ve already proved that you can’t be trusted to hold up your end of the bargain in the past.

Co-Signers

In the event that you run out on bail, the people who put up the money for the bond are responsible for a number of different things. If a bail bondsman needs to hire a bounty hunter to come and get you back from wherever you’re hiding, for example, those people who just wanted to help out a friend will be financially responsible for any additional expenses that they incur.

Skipping out on bail for any reason creates huge issues for everyone involved. Not only are you making life extremely difficult (and potentially expensive) for the people who tried to help you out, but you’re also all but guaranteeing extended jail times both now and in the future.

Arrested While Enlisted: How it Differs From Being Arrested as a Civilian

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As a member of the armed forces, you are subject to higher expectations in both your professional and personal conduct. If you are arrested while you are enlisted, what happens to you can be different from what happens to a civilian in several ways. While there are some minor advantages, there are also serious negatives.

You May Be Eligible for Legal Advice

As a member of the military, you have access to the legal assistance office. If normal civilian legal fees would be a significant hardship for you, you could qualify for help. Married soldiers who are in the E-4 grade or below and single soldiers in E-3 or below generally meet the requirements. Legal assistance is able to provide preliminary legal advice in criminal matters to keep you informed of your best options.

Postponing Court Appearances

Military commitments, especially during wartime, can make it difficult to attend court dates. While a judge won’t grant you a delay for matters of convenience, you can get delays if your military service means you are unable to appear in court. To qualify for a delay, you must apply for the shortest delay possible and have tried your best to appear in court on the original schedule.

Reductions in Rank

If you are sentenced to a year or more in prison, your rank will be knocked down to private. Someone who is sentenced to 30 days or more in jail but less than a year can be reduced one or more pay grades. You can also be denied promotions because of criminal matters outside of the armed forces.

Losing Your Security Clearance

The military takes security seriously, and they will pull the clearance of someone who they consider an undue risk. Criminal activities are one of reasons for losing clearance. Drug or alcohol abuse is also considered grounds for suspension or revocation of your clearance.

Separation for Misconduct

You could also find that arrests for serious charges can lead to the end of your relationship with the armed forces.

If your arrest is part of a pattern of behavior that is considered troublesome, you could receive a general discharge. While you are still eligible for some military benefits, you lose access to education assistance under the Montgomery and Post-9/11 GI Bills. And, if your separation is ruled “Discharge Under Other Than Honorable Conditions,” the consequences could follow you for the rest of your life. You can lose veterans’ benefits that include pension, health care and other concerns and will not receive a discharge certificate.

Have you or an enlisted member of your family been arrested in Utah? Bad Boys is a family-run bail bondsman available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year to help. Contact us for help.

Flaws in the U.S. Jail System: World’s Most Effective Rehabilitation Methods

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The United States incarcerates a greater percentage of its citizens than any other country in the world. Specifically, it is estimated that 743 out of every 100,000 United States citizens are incarcerated at some point in their lives. One of the major issues that people have with this fact is that imprisonment requires more than $60 billion per year for the United States. As such, many have begun to push for the implementation of incarceration alternatives as a means of lowering re-conviction rates and saving the country money.

Alternatives to Incarceration in Other Countries

The United States may want to follow the lead of countries like Germany, the Netherlands, and Canada. Here, incarceration rates are significantly lower–some as low as 6%. Still, future re-conviction rates in these countries are lower when compared to the United States’ current rate of 67%. Here are some of the most commonly utilized alternatives to imprisonment in these countries:

Fines and Rehabilitation: Both Germany and the Netherlands fine well over 70% of the people they arrest rather than imprisoning them. These fines are often combined with the requirement that the offender complete a rehabilitation program. This could be anything from a drunk driving or drug abuse program to a violent offense or behavior program. As a result, re-offender rates are lower and the countries actually make money rather than spending tens of thousands of dollars a year to incarcerate the individual.

Suspended Sentences: Rather than sentencing individuals to months or years in prison after being found guilty, Germany, the Netherlands, and Canada all utilize suspended sentences. This gives offenders a chance to go through a probationary period; during this time, the individual does not go to prison. If the probation period goes well (he or she does not get into further trouble with the law), his or her prison sentence is eliminated. In Germany, 75% off all sentences are suspended, with the remainder being less than two years long.

Looking Forward

The United States can learn a lot from the rehabilitation and punishment used in other countries. In the meantime, Bad Boys Bail Bonds is here to assist anybody who has been arrested for any crime. Here, we truly believe you are innocent until proven guilty.

Apple Pie, Baseball, and Bail Bonds: A Uniquely American Practice

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The idea of using bail bondsmen is unique to the United States and one other country: The Philippines. Other countries use police to handle finding people who skip out on bail, and that bail must be paid to the court, not to an individual at a private company. As a matter of fact, what the US does in allowing bail bondsmen to operate is considered illegal throughout the rest of the world. Bondsmen work by posting a person’s bail for a fee that is nonrefundable. Many countries see it as a type of obstruction of justice, but the US does not interpret it that way.

In other countries, the idea that a person who cannot afford to make bail can pay a person a fee for freedom is unheard of, and unacceptable. The decision as to whether someone goes free when they cannot afford their own bail comes down to whether they can pay the bondsman’s fee, and whether the bondsman will take the case. Even within the United States, Oregon, Kentucky, Wisconsin, and Illinois have abolished the practice. They either release people on their own recognizance (without requiring any money), or they require them to pay a deposit to the court.

There is a concern with bail bonds, in that they may be considered to be discriminatory against people who do not have much money. It can also be said to be overtaking decisions that should be part of the justice system, and failing to protect the safety of the public. Overall, the goal is simply to make sure that people who have “bonded out” actually show up for their trial date. It’s based on the common law that came from England, whereby people pledged property or land to provide assurances that they would not try to leave the area before their trial came up.

The early 1800′s saw the start of actual bail bondsmen companies, where a fee was paid for freedom and the company agreed to hunt the people down if they did not appear for their court date. In other countries, people who fail to appear are hunted by the police. The idea that even defendants who are found innocent are still required to pay a fee to a company outside the justice system if they want their freedom is often considered troublesome, but many believe it is better than remaining in jail.

The system, however, is highly effective at making sure people come to court, and it does not cost the taxpayers anything at all. Those are important reasons to keep it around, in the eyes of many people, and a large part of the reason the US still uses it today.

Thug Life: Jail Experience by Gender

Thug Life Jail Experience by Gender How the Jail Experience Differs from Men to Women

The jail experience, by its very nature, is not a pleasant one. Based on the regulations in most jails that have to be followed, the experience should be uniform for men and women. However, the jail experience differs between men and women. The rules and regulations are the same for both men and women but because men and women handle pressure and isolation in very different ways, so does the jail experience. Today, we’re going to discuss the differences in how men and women experience the jail system.

Social Systems

Men, by their very nature, tend to internalize their emotions in order to not show weakness. This behavior is often amplified while in jail. This leads to more aggressive behavior and a sense of every man for himself. Bonds are created between inmates but they’re often very fragile. Social groups that form in men’s prisons tend to be more out of necessity than common interests or caring. This is why gangs are so prevalent in the prison system.

Women, on the other hand, are typically more nurturing by nature. This manifests itself in a strong community feeling in jail. Women tend to be more supportive of each other in order to make their time easier. Bonds between women that are made in jail are much more likely to last on the outside than the bonds made between men.

Interaction with Authority

When talking to a local guard for the county jail a few months back, I asked him “What’s the biggest difference between being a guard for men vs women?”

His answer thoroughly surprised me. “If I tell a man to tuck in his shirt, 99% of the time, he’ll tuck in his shirt without question. If I tell a woman to tuck in her shirt, first she asks why, then she lists every single other prisoner who doesn’t have their shirt tucked in and wants to know why she has to.”

Jail Experience Differs from Men to Women

Men tend to be more compliant in general, but are infinitely more likely to react violently when not in compliance.

Women are also compliant but tend to question authority more before complying with orders. However, when women don’t comply, it’s very rare for them to react violently.

Recidivism Rates

How likely are men to re-offend and become incarcerated again compared to women?

The answer is nearly double. In the first 2 years after release, men are almost twice as likely to re-offend than women. At around the 2-3 year mark these rates tend to even out for both men and women, with men maintaining a 10% higher rate than women throughout.

This can be linked to many things but the biggest indicators may come from the points that we talked about earlier. The social system for men encourages violent behavior and can cause men to become “institutionalized.” This can cause men to have a very hard time adjusting to the freedom of the outside world and leads to them re-offending and becoming incarcerated once again.

Jail is never a positive experience, but that experience can differ greatly from person to person. This divide is even more apparent between men and women. Statistically, women are more supportive of each other, are less violent, and are less likely to end up back in jail than men.

How to Escape From Jail…Legally

Escaping JailNow, before you get any ideas, this is not going to be an article detailing how to dig a hole from a jail cell to the freeway, or blast through bars with some crazy chemical concoction. However, if you are interested in learning about legal ways to shorten your prison sentence, you’ve come to the right place. Of course, we all hope never to be in a situation where this kind of information would be helpful, but it’s always better to be prepared. Here are three ways that you can get out of jail faster, no digging or explosives required.

The Benefits of Good Behavior

You’ve probably heard about how good behavior can shorten a prison sentence. Well, it’s true. If you cooperate while incarcerated, obey authority figures, and stay out of trouble, your sentence can be shorten by about 13%. As it stands now, the law states that you can earn up to 54 days of good behavior credit per year while you are in jail.

Good Behavior

As an example, if you were sentenced to five years in prison, but played by the rules and behaved well, you could be released after 4.25 years. That number could even increase. New bills are often put forth that push for more good behavior credits. In other words, it pays to behave. No sense making things worse and ending up in prison even longer then necessary.

Using Your Time to Recover from Addiction

A second way that you can potentially shorten your sentence is by completing an addiction recovery program while in jail. Although putting people in jail is meant to be seen as a punishment and as a way to keep dangerous people off the streets, it is also hoped that time in jail can be spent correcting behavior so that future criminal activity is less likely.

Addiction Programs

In some cases, it might be possible to skip prison time altogether by enrolling in, and completing, an approved course of addiction recovery. However, even if you do still end up in jail, more and more states are incorporating in-house treatment programs into their facilities and proper completion of one of these programs could shave some time off of your original prison sentence.

Put in Some Hard Work as a Trustee

A third way to possibly shorten your sentence is to become a prison trustee. If you meet certain qualifications like a history of good behavior, a low bond, and a non-violent conviction, you can volunteer to work as a trustee for the prison. This means that you will be assigned work to do around the prison, things like painting walls, cleaning bathrooms, taking out the garbage, and sometimes even kitchen work.

Trustee Program

If you maintain your good behavior record and do good work as a trustee, you can often use that work and history to bargain for a shorter prison sentence. Once again, good behavior and a strong work ethic can go a long way toward getting you home sooner.

Know Your Rights This St. Patrick’s Day

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Regardless of how St. Patrick’s Day came about or the nature of its origin and traditions, the American version of the holiday has become another reason to throw a party, eat some Irish food (or worse, foods we all normally eat dyed green with food coloring), and drink heavily. Sometimes, people who party and drink in excess on St. Patrick’s Day have their run-ins with the law. Disclaimer: the best thing to do is be responsible and under control. However, if you know that you are not the kind of person, who parties responsibly and under control, and you have a sense that a run-in with the law may be in your future, then it is important to know your rights this St. Patrick’s Day.

The Police, The 4th Amendment, and You

Under normal circumstances, the Constitution and the 4th Amendment protect U.S. citizens from the unlawful search and seizure of a private residence without a search warrant. If police officers, however, can see a felony being committed at a private residence, they have the legal right to act on what they saw. The general rule is: Do not break the law and commit felonies.

The Police and Your Rights

  • Do not resist arrest. If you are having a discussion with police before an arrest occurs, that is the time to “state your case” in a respectful, yet knowledgeable tone. Even if you feel the arrest is unwarranted, do not resist. If you are innocent, then do not give the police a real reason to arrest you by resisting arrest.
  • It is within your rights to deny a police officer’s request to search your property or home. If you allow officers to search your premises, even without a warrant, they can use any evidence found during the search against you in court. If police are standing outside your residence and they find evidence that is in plain view, they can also use that evidence in court against you.
  • It is your legal right to deny taking a Breathalyzer test; however, refusal of a Breathalyzer test could possibly carry the consequence of a 6 month driver’s license suspension.
  • Police officers do not have the right to use excessive force, arrest you for exercising free speech, arrest you without probable cause, or search you without probable cause.

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Possible St. Patrick’s Day Offenses and What To Do

  • Buying alcohol for people under 21
    • In most areas of the country, this offense is citable with a fine and an appearance in court.
  • Using a fake ID to purchase alcohol
    • If you are under 21, you use a fake ID to purchase alcohol, and you are caught, you will most likely have your driver’s license suspended.
  • Being confronted by a police officer The best practice is to cooperate with the officer. Do not run away from police or resist arrest. This only increases the number of possible charges against you. Speak to officers directly and honestly, but do not argue. Arguing your case should be reserved for the courts.

Whether you believe it or not, and regardless of all the crooked cop shows on television, most police officers are doing the best job that they can at protecting and serving their community. Most people know the value of police officers in their community. However, if on St. Patrick’s Day, you find yourself walking the line of legality and you have a run-in with the police, it is important that you understand your rights and act accordingly.

List of Common Terminology for Bail Bonds

One of the most harrowing experiences is getting arrested for a criminal offense. That is why the court permits a defendant to file for bail to give ample time for legal preparation. Applying for bail may not be an easy thing to do especially if you are not thoroughly familiar with some bail bonds terminologies. This guide aims to help you get acquainted with several concepts or terms related to bail bonds.

What is a Bail Bond?

So how does bail bond work for a defendant? Essentially, a bail bond is a written promise duly signed by the accused and his or her guarantor, in this case, a bail bond agent. The main purpose of signing this document is to assure the court that the defendant will attend the trial as scheduled.

Upon signing this agreement, the bail bond company pays the bail amount granting that the defendant has fully complied with all the requirements. In general, bail bond companies require collaterals. This may be in the form of securities, personal properties, and an outstanding credit rating.

Most bail bond companies often charge at least ten percent of the total bond amount. 

Bail

Today, many people use “bail” and “bail bonds” interchangeably but for clarity’s sake, the term “bail” refers specifically to the money you pay to the court or to a bail agent.

Bail Condition

The court sets out certain conditions to make sure the defendant will appear during the trial. Most of the time, the court only requires the defendant to comply with this requirement unless there are other factors that must be taken into account. 

Bond

Bail Bonds

A bond functions as a contract that stipulates the specific dates of court hearing and the amount of bail that a defendant must pay to the bail bond agent. If you are the defendant, you could sign this contract with a bail bondsman especially if you cannot afford the bail amount. You may also pay cash directly to the court. 

Collateral

This term refers to the goods or property that is used as a form of security against a loan or bond. A collateral item is automatically forfeited if the conditions are not satisfactorily met by the defendant. Some of the most common items used as collateral are cars, house, jewelry, electronic gadgets, and boats.

Generally speaking, collateral helps you assure the court and a bail bond company that you have substantial resources to meet the bail requirements. 

Defendant

A defendant is the individual who is accused of a crime. During a criminal trial, the defendant will be provided with a fair and reasonable amount of time to explain and defend his or her case with the help of a lawyer.

This term also refers to the person who you need to bail out of prison.

Forfeiture

The court clearly requires that the defendant must appear for the trial. In case this requirement is not met, the court will notify the bond company. In some instances, the court will set another date and if the defendant fails to do so, the whole bail amount will not be returned.

Sometimes, the bail bond company may hire a fugitive recovery agent to keep track of the defendant’s whereabouts.

Indemnitor

A defendant must find a co-signer for the bail bond in order to make sure someone will be held responsible if the accused fails to do his or her part. An indemnitor or co-signer will be held accountable for all the legal expenses incurred during the trial as well as pay the entire bail amount to the court or bail bondsman.

Always seek the professional advice of a bail bond company to make sure your bail bond needs are fully covered. 

Positive Effects of Bail Bonds on the Economy

For most, the system of bail and bail bonds may seem like nothing more than a closed business between an agent, the court system, and any number of incarcerated individuals. But, like any other industry, the bail bond business actually has significant effects on the local and state economy, most of which are highly positive. If you have ever wondered what the bail bond system does for you, here are ways that it fuels positive economic growth that we can all enjoy.

Added Employment

Over the past few years, especially during the beginning of the economic downturn in 2007-2008, the notion of unemployment has become a hotly debated prospect, with most discussions focusing on how to create more jobs for Americans everywhere. And no matter where the conversation veers, most everyone agrees that more employed individuals will lead to a better society overall.

The bail bond industry contributes to this by opening up numerous employment opportunities for Americans of all skill levels that wish to work in the criminal justice system. And as more and more jobs are created in this industry, fewer citizens will face the prospect of not having a job.

More Money for the Community 

Money for Everybody

The nature of issuing a bail bond is simple: an incarcerated individual, or often someone close to them, calls a bail bond agent, pays a certain premium, and is then offered a temporary release until their trial begins. The premium is non-refundable, but it is always much lower than the amount set by the court system.

Have you ever imagined what would happen though, if individuals were forced to pay the full amount, or instead wait in jail until the start of the court proceedings? Countless more men and women would end up staying in jail, which would leech money from taxpayers across the entire country. Because the incarcerated must be fed, clothed, sheltered, and tended to in a humane manner, huge sums of money would be allocated to this endeavor in the prisons, taking it away from other, more pressing projects. With the existence of the bail bond system, this capital is freed up, allowing it to be spent on civic projects, such as better education systems, sturdier roads, and anything else the taxpayers want.

Money Changing Hands is Good

Economists across the world have debated whether or not consumer spending is a driver of economic growth, or simply a consequence. Ultimately though, many economists concur over the fact that money changing hands in an economy is a sign of a strong economy, and should be fostered in every way possible. Because the bail bond system epitomizes this concept entirely (as it is an industry in which money changes hands), the growth of these endeavors are a sure sign of positive growth, and should be encouraged, as this then can have a positive effect on us all.

Bail Bonds Are Good for the Economy

Although bail bonds are an easy way for you to secure the release of a loved one, they also actually help support a growing economy for us all. And if you know someone that is looking to enjoy freedom before their trial, make sure to call a Utah bail bond agent to start the process immediately.

Most Common Arrest Reasons on Valentine’s Day

Every February 14, the whole world unites to celebrate the significance of love. Although the origin of Valentine’s Day is still shrouded in mystery, the fact remains that it is a special day for loved ones whether dead or alive. In spite of the festive atmosphere and romantic gestures, Valentine’s Day is also a time when criminal activities tend to increase. Most of the time, the recorded arrests occur for several reasons such as lover’s quarrel, stalking, and other forms of domestic violence. This day could also make ex-lovers feel more lonely and left out  amidst the celebration. In other words, it is not just about gifts, flowers, and romantic dinners but also a time to reflect on domestic violence especially for someone who is currently in an abusive relationship.

According to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, there are anecdotal evidence to prove the direct connection between certain holiday celebrations like Valentine’s Day and domestic violence. According to a survey, police incident records show that most of these criminal cases take place at night or during weekends. These cases usually involve alcohol as well as the deep significance attached to the celebration by a loved one.

Common Reasons

Alcohol and Squabbles

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, many couples would go to bars and restaurants. Usually, drinking hard liquor is inevitable. As you may well know, the presence of alcohol could easily lead to physical violence. Physical abuse usually occurs when there are jealousy and infidelity issues. In addition, many couples tend to have different expectations from their spouse during Valentine’s Day.

Meanwhile, many women are also more vulnerable to physical abuse during this day especially when they are involved with a partner who is jealous and abusive. As a result, many cases of domestic and sexual violence are recorded by the police. Most of these cases involve women who are victims of physical and sexual abuse by their ex-lovers or jealous partners.

Stalking

In some instances, a former boyfriend who could not accept that his girlfriend is already happy in her new relationship may continue to pursue the girl. If you believe you need to get a restraining order for your protection, consult a lawyer immediately for legal action. On the other hand, you should also hire the services of a legal defense lawyer especially if you have been accused of stalking. While you do not seriously intend to cause real harm to your ex-lover, your actions may implicate you. Seek legal assistance as soon as possible.

Should you need urgent legal advice about domestic violence, consult a lawyer who can provide relevant information for your unique needs. Most legal firms today can offer free evaluation to their clients. The important thing to remember is to make an informed decision especially if it involves your own safety. Meanwhile, if you are presently facing a criminal charge, you should consider getting legal advice from a lawyer. You may also consult a bail bond officer especially if you have already been charged with a crime. Always make sure you obtain legal advice before you take further actions.