Being a friend means being there in a time of need. Answering the call when he needs to talk about a breakup. Bringing her some chicken soup when she’s feeling under the weather. But what if your friend asks you to bail him out of jail? Should you do it? Posting a bond to get…
…to not get a DUI. In 2016, 781 people died in drunk driving accidents in the month of December alone. It’s really no wonder why police set up sobriety checkpoints and crack down on drunk drivers during the holiday season. The holidays are filled with celebrations with family, friends, and coworkers and when alcohol is…
In life, there are rarely situations that are black and white. Even the Constitution, the steadfast code by which we are governed, had to be amended 27 times. Committing a crime isn’t black and white either. It’s not simply that good guys don’t commit crimes and bad guys do. Sure, there are a lot of bad guys that thumb their noses at the law and knowingly commit crimes but there are many others that are just people who get themselves into a bad situation that they can’t get out of. Maybe they are in the grips of a drug and alcohol dependency. Or perhaps they had too much to drink when they were out with friends and their judgments were as impaired as their ability to drive. Or they may not even be aware that they were committing a crime.
One of the most common crimes that a person may be arrested for is a property crime. A property crime can be as big as embezzling millions of dollars from a company to as small as stealing a pack of gum from a convenience store. The property doesn’t need to be stolen for it to be considered a crime, it could be damaged, concealed, or destroyed as well. Let’s break down this category of crimes and look at the varying forms of property crime.
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Bail Bonds are allowed in every state.
Everyone knows that misdemeanors are not as serious an offense as a felony. While felonies do generally mean more jail time, a misdemeanor may not just be the slap on the wrist that we may expect.
If asked what a bail bond agent does, most people will say, “They get you out of jail” but few have more than a vague answer at best. The truth is, that while they do get you out of jail, they also have other duties.
Everyone knows about bail bonds. They know that if they ever get arrested, a bail bond agent is who to call to get out of jail quickly and back home where they belong. For most of us, the bail bond system is unfamiliar and something we hope we never need.
When a person is arrested and charged with a crime, they are brought to a hearing where a judge looks at the details of the case such as the manner and seriousness of the crime, and considers details about the accused like criminal history and the likelihood that they would flee. They consult with a bail schedule (bail guidelines) and set bail.
If you or a loved one has never been arrested, when it happens, it can be scary and confusing, whether you’ve been arrested for a serious crime or a minor infraction. Here are some basics on what happens when you’ve been arrested and how to get out of jail.