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What Happens If I Miss My Court Date?

Navigating the arrest and bail process can be confusing enough, but there is still more to think about. Most importantly, after you bail out of jail, it is essential that you show up for your court date. Whether you intentionally jump bail or miss it by accident, here’s what happens if you miss your court date.

court date

More Fines

Missing your court date costs you money. The judge will most likely impose more fines on you for failing to appear in court. Plus, if you put down any collateral for your bail bond, the bail agent may sell it. If you gave up the title to a car or other valuable, this can cost you serious money.

Warrant For Arrest

Failure to appear is a criminal charge, and the judge may issue a warrant for your arrest. When this happens, it’s best to contact a lawyer and your bail agent to resolve the warrant. If an emergency or accident prevented you from showing up in court, you should contact them immediately. In some cases, a judge will consider your excuse for missing court and you might not be fined.

Bail Enforcement And Bounty Hunters

Once you miss your court date and a warrant is issued for your arrest, the police and your bail agent will seek to apprehend you. A bounty hunter may search for you, contacting friends and relatives in order to arrest you and return you to jail. Once you are arrested again, you will not be able to bail out of jail again.

If you’ve missed your court date or need to check when it is, contact Nashville Bonding Company at 615-255-1800. We’ll do our best to get you out jail quickly.

3 Reasons for College Student Arrests

If you’re a parent of a college student in Tennessee, you may worry about your child as they embark on a four-year journey. At the end of their time in college, they’ll come out with a degree and life smarts to help them make good decisions. But until that day comes, as much as you’d like them to hit the books and focus, they might make some mistakes in their free time. If your college student has been arrested or has a warrant out for their arrest, you can call us at 615-255-1800. Here are a few common reasons for college student arrests.

college student arrests

Drinking

Going hand-in-hand with the party lifestyle, sometimes alcohol is much easier for college students to get their hands on than it should be. DUI and public intoxication charges are common among young people who may not know their limits. 

Drugs

Drug charges are another common reason for college student arrests, since students are often thrust in an environment where drug use is prevalent. It’s important to promptly call a bondsman if you or your child has been arrested on drug charges so you can focus on hiring an attorney and preparing for the legal process you face.

Hazing and Pranks

Students in and out of Greek life sometimes participate in pranks that go a step too far. They may be charged with theft, public intoxication or another charge depending on the prank. Tennessee also has an anti-hazing law that could get students in trouble if they participate in hazing through Greek life or another student organization.

Unfortunately, arrests happen among young people who are out on their own for the first time. If it happens to you or your child, we can help. Call our experts if you or your loved one needs to get out of jail at 615-255-1800!

Think Before You Drink: DUI Avoidance Plan

It’s no big deal to want to hang out with friends and unwind after a long day at work. We can all accept that happens. Whether it’s meeting up at a bar or your friends place, drinks with friends is a fun event to have every so often. Late into the night, you or one of your friends starts to stagger towards the door, stating that tomorrow is a work day. Someone asks, concerned,  “Do you need a ride?,” or “Are you sure you’re OK to drive?” The response back is always the same: “Home isn’t that far.”

Photo of DUIIt does not take “that far” to get into an accident or to get pulled by a police officer and slammed with a DUI charge. Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charges serious affairs, and even being  behind the wheel whilst intoxicated opens up a world of negative possibilities, such as car accidents, hitting pedestrians, and potentially vehicular manslaughter. To avoid these, the best idea is to have a game-plan before you go out with friends.

Before you go out, determine if you are going to be drinking at all. Assuming the answer is yes, evaluate the area. If you are unfamiliar with the area or town, see if there is a taxi or public transport service you may use on your return trip. Ask any of your friends if there is a volunteer designated driver within the group, or is there is a designated driver service for the area. Check if there is a hotel near the area you are going to drink. This way, if all other options are exhausted, you can spend a night there and carpool with your friends in the morning.  As a worst-case scenario, always have a friend you can contact who is not with your party to come get you.

These are not meant to dampen your fun on a night out with friends, but to make sure the night isn’t ruined by the horrible situation of receiving a DUI charge. If you have already received a DUI charge and need bail, let us help you out! Give us a call at 615-255-1800 today!

Been Arrested? Know Your Rights!

a man in handcuffsPeople get arrested for many reasons, but all arrests have something in common: the police believe that the detained individual is guilty of a crime. Being arrested can be a difficult and embarrassing experience, but you do have a number of rights, even after being arrested. Know them well and do not be afraid to exercise them while you wait to be bailed out.

Your Rights After an Arrest

  • You have the right to be informed of your “Miranda Rights”. These include the right to remain silent and refuse to answer questions, because police can use your answers against you in court. You also have the right to have an attorney present before or during any tests or questioning. The court must provide a free attorney if you can’t afford one.
  • You have the right to place phone calls to family or friends who you want to inform of  your arrest, or to your lawyer or bail bond agent. It’s a misconception that detainees only get one phone call.
  • You have the right to have your lawyer present any identifying information (such as line-up photos) that were used to identify you as a suspect.
  • You have the right to obtain bail, unless you are charged with a capital crime.
  • You have the right to go before a judge as soon as it’s practical.

Have Bail Bond Questions?

We are always available to answer your questions and provide bail for you or a loved one. Call us whenever you need bail bond services in the Nashville area. (615) 255-1800

 

8 Crazy Laws in Tennessee

No matter where you go there are laws that put in place to maintain an orderly society, that’s common knowledge. But have you ever took a moment to just see what exactly are considered laws in the state of Tennessee? Some may say, “Why? There’s nothing that I wouldn’t already know.” Well we are here to tell you, that you’re in for a bit of a surprise. Take a look at some of the craziest laws you never thought existed.

  1. When eight or more women are lining together in a house in Tennessee, it is considered a brothel.
  2. It’s considered a misdemeanor to tattoo a minor.Confused woman, crazy laws in Tennessee
  3. Holding hands on school grounds is unlawful because it’s seen as a gateway to sexual activity.
  4. It’s illegal to sing “It Ain’t Gonna Rain No Mo'” by Wendell Hall when in Oneida.
  5. It’s against the law to share your Netflix password.
  6. Lassoing fish is considered illegal.
  7. It’s unlawful to sell logs that are hollow.
  8. You cannot carry a skunk or state lines. – Not exactly sure why one wold desire to do that in the first place.

The law is the law, no matter how unusually wacky it may seem. And if you violate it, you’re in risk of receiving a fine or even landing in jail. So if you’re in need of bail bonding services, be  sure to call Nashville Bonding Company at  615-255-1800. We’re here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

3 Signs of a Good Bail Bond Company

If you’re not sure what to look for when choosing a bail bond company, here is a list of three traits that are must-haves. You don’t want to trust your freedom to someone who doesn’t know what they are doing, so here are some traits that separate the amateurs from the professionals.

They Are Experienced

You want to use a bail bond company that has been around for a while and has plenty of experience with the court in question. Don’t hesitate to ask a company how long they’ve been in business, and how many years of experience their agents have.

a photo of a man being led off in handcuffsThey Are Prompt and Available

Did the bail bond company answer your call the first time? If not, did they return your call quickly? Are they available 24/7 to get you out of jail? Do they answer your questions without hesitation? You need to know that a bail bondsman will be available when you need them, so if a company is slow to respond, choose another.

They Are Licensed

Bail bondsmen have to be licensed to perform their job. Each one has a license number which can be checked online at the State Department of Insurance for the state they are licensed in. This license needs to be current. If it has expired, that suggests that the bondsman doesn’t pay attention to details.

If you need bail bond services in Tennessee, give us a call any time!

3 Criminals Who Made Themselves Right at Home

For most people, performing an illegal act would really get the heart pumping from fear of being caught. These three criminals didn’t let that bother them; they settled in and made themselves at home, practically begging police to come and get them.

a picture of a towel folded like a swan with a red flower on top“Hello, Room Service?”

Vinod Adhikary of Virginia had a raging case of the midnight munchies when he broke into a room at the Old Town Inn. Instead of seeking shelter or looking for valuables, he just wanted someone to cook for him — so he ordered room service! Once the motel employees realized that the order had been placed from a vacant room, they called the police. It turns out that alcohol played a role in Adhikary’s bold quest for food, and he was arrested and charged with breaking and entering, as well as public intoxication.

The Napping Jewel Thief

Dion Davis of Florida must have worn himself out stealing a bag full of jewelry from an area home. When the maid arrived, she was startled to find Davis asleep on the bed! The maid quietly called the police, who snapped a few pictures before giving Davis a rude awakening. He was arrested, charged with theft, and held on $10,000 bail. If you’re going to commit a crime (don’t), make sure you get a good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast to keep you going.

a picture full of many Facebook like iconsSocial Media Mishap

Most thieves would be in a hurry to leave the scene of the crime, but Nicholas Wig of Minnesota played it cool, and even logged into his Facebook account from the crime scene after stealing valuable items and credit cards. When the homeowner returned, he noticed that his computer had been used, and discovered the still logged-in profile of “Nick Dub”. Inexplicably, the thief agreed to meet up with the homeowner to retrieve some clothing he had left at the crime scene. What he got instead was a date with a jail cell.

These folks made crazy mistakes, but regular people sometimes run afoul of the law, even if they are innocent. If you are in need of bail bond services, please give us a call so that we can get you out as soon as possible!

Your Financial Options for Affording Bail

handshake, agreementIf the time comes for you to post bail, one of the biggest questions on your mind is likely, “how much will bail cost?” There is no denying that bail can be a hefty expense, but by working with a licensed bail bond agent, you are able to post a fraction of the bail to secure the release of your loved one. Here we walk through the financial elements of posting bail to help you gain your freedom faster.

Paying a bail bond is essentially a monetary promise that the defendant will return to court for trial later on. To discourage the defendant from skipping trial, bail is often set at a significant sum of money so the defendant will not risk losing all these funds that may have been returned. However, these sums of money can be difficult to come up with in the short amount of time that you would want you loved one released in, so bail can often be a financial burden. But working with a licensed bail agent allows you to pay a mere fraction of the total amount – usually 10% to 15% – so you are able to post bail quicker while it is easier on your wallet.

Our team of licensed professionals is on call 24/7 to help you secure your freedom fast. Call us today at 615-255-1800!

Theft Charges in Tennessee Courts

locked gateTheft charges in Tennessee can carry hefty penalties and long-lasting consequences. To help you fully grasp the scope that you or a loved one may be in after being charged with theft, we go through the basics of theft charges in Tennessee here. Don’t let fear or finances hold you back from posting bail: our team of licensed bond agents is available 24/7 to walk you through the process.

Tennessee law considers all theft related incidences to be theft. This includes larceny, receiving stolen property, embezzlement, stealing services, and fraudulent conversion. Theft of any property over $500 is charged as a felony, and the more valuable the property, the more serious the felony. Extortion, fraudulent bank card use, forgery, insurance fraud, and falsifying certain records are considered theft as well.

Working with qualified legal counsel that specializes in theft charges can make a world of difference when fighting for your rights in court. Posting bail is the first step toward securing your freedom and being able to explore legal options: call our team at 615-255-1800 to post bail on your behalf! We are available 24/7 to post bail when you need it most.

Posting Bail for Drug Possession and Other Drug Charges

barbed wire fenceBeing arrested can be a confusing and chaotic situation. This is especially true if you are arrested for drug charges, as the penalties can be severe if convicted. Seeking qualified legal counsel is crucial to prepare for trial, and posting bail is an important step in this process. Don’t face drug charges alone. Here we briefly walk through an overview of drug charges.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) groups drugs into schedules according to their potential risk for dependency and their use in a medical setting. These schedules descend in risk for dependency and span from I to V. Schedule I drugs are considered to have the highest risk for developing dependency and no currently accepted medical use. This includes drugs such as heroin, LSD, marijuana, ecstasy, peyote, and methaqualone. Schedule V drugs are commonly used in the medical field and have the lowest risk for abuse, including drugs such as Robitussin AC and Lyrica.

Drug charge penalties are based on many factors surrounding the charges. The schedule and amount of the drug are considered, along with the defendant’s involvement, whether trafficking, distributing, possessing, or cultivating.

Posting Your Bail

Remember, seeking legal counsel is critical when preparing for trial. To post bail and await trial in the privacy and freedom of your home, call us 24/7 at 615-255-1800!