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Respectful Treatment

Jail is not a fun place to be. Unfortunately, that’s where people get put even before their trial. Striking a balance between community safety and not punishing innocents is hard. To do so, we take advantage of our 8th Amendment rights. While the most important thing should always be getting your freedom back, make sure you pick someone who treats you with respect as well.

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You Have Not Been Convicted

You’ll get enough judgement when thrown into jail, you don’t need any more. Our country is built on the foundation of “innocent until proven guilty”, and we’ll treat you as such. You’ll get the respect we give to every other citizen of the US, as well as professional and speedy service to secure your freedom.

 

If you’ve got a loved one, or are yourself, in jail, don’t hesitate. Our bondsman know what to do to get your freedom back. If you’d like to take advantage of our services, please give us a call at (615) 255-1800.

The Types of Bail Explained

hands in handcuffsThere are five primary types of bail that are available to someone who has been accused of committing a crime. Some types of bail are used more often than other types of bail. Each option for bail offers its own set of benefits and drawbacks, and you may need to consult your licensed bail bondsman to determine which one is the right choice for you or a loved one after an arrest.

Cash Bail

When paying cash bail, the defendant will pay the full amount of bail required by the court. Depending on the court, checks, credit cards and money orders may be used to pay cash bail. Check with the detention facility and court staff to make sure your payment method is accepted.

Surety Bond

Many times, when bail is set by a court, it is more expensive than a defendant can readily afford. Surety bonds, more commonly referred to as bail bonds, are one way that the accused can make bail. Often, one of the accused loved one’s will contact a licensed bail agent who charges 10% of the total bail amount. The bondsman will have to pay the full amount of bail if the defendant does not show up to court to stand trial.

Release on Citation

Police officers have the option, for certain lower level offenses, to issue a citation that indicates that the defendant must appear in court rather than arresting and booking the accused. After the citation is issued, the detained party is released by the officer.

Own Recognizance

Being released on your own recognizance means that a defendant makes no payment to the court for bail. Instead, the accused signs an agreement indicating that they will return to court for his or her trial. Typically, this kind of bail is only for minor, nonviolent offenses where the defendant is not a flight risk.

Property Bond

Defendants can sometimes provide property to pay for a bond. The court will take out a lien (legal claim) against the property provided for the bond. If the accused doesn’t show up for court, the court will foreclose on the property.

Facing Criminal Charges: Misdemeanor vs. Felony

handcuffedWith so many complex words in the legal system, it is easy to feel lost and confused. To help you navigate this stressful situation, we discuss the details of two important terms that are used frequently – misdemeanor and felony.

These terms are two classifications of crimes. Felony crimes are more serious than misdemeanors. Some states classify these two types of crimes based on their punishments: misdemeanors are often punished with an approximate sentence of a 1 year maximum in prison, while felonies are often punished with an approximate sentence of 1 year minimum in prison.

The particular crimes that are considered misdemeanors or felonies vary state by state. But some crimes can be either a felony or a misdemeanor. Murder is always a felony, but some drug and assault misdemeanors can be escalated to felonies if particular circumstances occur. The presence of a weapon or committing the crime against a certain demographic of people can push misdemeanor charges to felonies.

Posting bail for criminal charges

We understand the stress that a legal situation can bring about. It is wise to seek counsel before your trial, and posting bail is the ideal opportunity to seek out this counsel. Call us today at 615-255-1800 to post your bail and help you simplify this confusing time.

Jumping Bail in Tennessee

person jumpingAlthough the term is lighthearted, jumping bail is a serious matter. Not only are you legally responsible for being present in court when summoned, but posting bail on your behalf is a guarantee of your presence at court dates. Skipping these court dates will usually result in someone pursuing you to reappear in court.

Bail Specifics

Recently in Gwinnett County, Georgia, two bail bond agents from Tennessee barged into a residence while searching for a bail jumper. They “arrested” the bail jumper’s wife and held her in their truck while wielding guns at their children. These bond agents were charged with first degree home invasion, kidnapping, and false imprisonment. Bond agents are subject to the same laws as all other citizens, but this extreme case of bail enforcement demonstrates how motivated bail bond agents are to help you appear in court.

You are indeed legally responsible to appear in court when scheduled. Failure to appear in court can often result in you being charged with contempt of court, leading to additional legal complications. For any further questions on posting bail and how our friendly, professional bond agents will guide you through this process, call us today at (615) 255-1800!

About Jury Nullification

jury nullificationUsually, for people to deal with and change the justice system, they have to go to law school for years and build an extensive education. However, as a democratic republic, American citizens have some power as well. For instance, jurors can effect change through jury nullification. We discuss the practice here.

The Practice:

A jury can actually acquit (free) a defendant whether they think he committed the crime in question or not. However, the court has no obligation to inform a juror of this right. People have implemented this practice in America to effect change going back hundreds of years.

History:

When America still belonged to England, colonists utilized jury nullification in cases of maritime law and free speech. Many years later, during prohibition, juries prevented convictions of alcohol related crimes, probably helping lead to the 21st Amendment that repealed prohibition altogether.
As a citizen, you have more power than you might think. Keep educating yourself about how you can effect change. If you find yourself needing bail bonds, Nashville Bonding Company can help. To find out more, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (615) 255-1800.

Civil Asset Forfeiture: A Current Controversy

police officer traffic stopIf you have checked out the news recently, you may have heard of a current controversy involving a practice known as civil asset forfeiture. Primarily, its use has spiked drastically since the 1980s due to the War on Drugs. Although, it has a history dating back to the 1600s in Britain. Here, we’ll just go over what it means, and you can decide on the controversy yourself.

The Basics Of Civil Asset Forfeiture:

We’ve all heard the phrase “innocent until proven guilty”. It applies to criminal charges, where the prosecutor must prove beyond reasonable doubt that the defendant committed the crime in question.

The process of civil asset forfeiture, ramped up during the Drug War to keep people from using and selling illicit drugs, skirts this by charging a person’s property with a crime. The person must then go to court to prove that they own the property legitimately; unfortunately, due to the high cost of going to court, they often have to pay more just to prove they obtained the property legally than the value of the property itself. 

Some argue for the necessity of civil asset forfeiture to stop drug users/sellers, while others take the side of the innocents that have gotten caught up in the tactic.

If you want a voice advocating for either side of this issue, keep educating yourself and use that when it comes time to vote. Should you find yourself needing bail bonds, Nashville Bonding company can bail you out. Just give us a call at (615) 255-1800.

Summer Break Arrests

We have all heard the adage “kids will be kids”, usually applied when the kids in question do something wrong. Kids need to make mistakes in order to learn. Unfortunately, sometimes these mistakes stick with them in the form of a criminal record.

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Kids do many things that the law finds unacceptable in their course to adulthood: egging a car or house, reckless driving, drinking, fighting, etc. Any of these things can cause them to get criminally charged, and they often happen during Summer break when they have lots of free time. Instead of letting them sit in jail, which probably won’t do them any good, you can bail them out and discipline them yourself.

If you require bail services for yourself or a loved one, Nashville Bonding Company can help. To find out more, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (615) 255-1800. We’ll work hard to get you out of jail fast!

Prison Life

Nobody ever wants to go to prison. While it does prove a necessity for society, sometimes innocent people do end up there. Innocent or guilty, it helps to know a little bit about what life in prison will involve if you end up there. We’ve put together a little bit of information to let you know how things work on the inside:

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Segregation:

Everyone has heard that all of the races stick together in prison, which does hold true. However, it gets segregated in other ways as well; The sensitive needs yard (SNY) exists to house the openly gay, as well as those with STDS so that they don’t spread to the rest of the inmates. Also, the protective housing unit (PHU) gets used to house notorious criminals who otherwise might become targets. Charles Manson qualified for the PHU.

Drugs & Food:

Drugs run rampant through most prisons. Often they get swallowed in balloons or hidden up the rectum. Since prisoners don’t carry money, food and other prison allotted items get used as currency. 

Healthcare:

Preventative health care in prison remains very sub-par. However, emergency life-threatening situations do often get taken care of. Some news stations have reported people committing crimes solely to take advantage of this.

 

Should you or a loved one find yourselves arrested and in need of bail, Nashville Bonding Company can help. We will work hard to get you out of jail. To find out more, you can reach us at (615) 255-1800.

FAQs About The Justice System

Since we take so much pride in our justice system, it doesn’t hurt to learn a little more about it on occasion. Much of the information we receive comes from movies and television, so we have to make sure and temper that with more reliable sources. In that spirit, we’ve compiled a few FAQs about our justice system:

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How do I get a court appointed lawyer?

Depending on where you got arrested, you will probably have the opportunity to request a court appointed lawyer when you meet with your judge at the court setting. After your request, you’ll receive a form asking for your income level and other information. Should you meet the qualifications, a lawyer will get appointed to your case.

What if I don’t qualify for a court appointed lawyer?

If you don’t qualify, due to your income landing over the maximum level for instance, other options exist to help you find legal advice. Many organizations provide free to low cost representation.

Will I still get to keep my license after a DWI?

If you get convicted of a DWI, your license will get suspended. Occupational licenses often get offered to allow you to drive to and from work only.

 

Hopefully these will help increase your knowledge of our justice system. If you or a love one finds yourself with the need to get out of jail, Nashville Bonding Company can help. To find out more, you can reach us at (615) 255-1800.

Largest Bail Bonds In US History

Bail bonds are an integral part of our justice system, and it’s imperative that they’re not excessive. That’s where the 8th Amendment is supposed to help us. However, the amount of bail is up to the judge, and excessive bail fines sometimes slip through. Here are the top 3 largest bail bonds set in the history of the US:

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Christopher Williams:

This man was accused of a host of violent crimes. He had a long prior history with the law. Initially, his bond was set at $35,000, but he skipped bail and committed more violent crimes. Because of this, the judge set his bond at $100,000,000; the amount was upheld because of his flight risk and the danger he presented to the community.

Raj Rajaratnam:

This man used to be a prominent hedge-fund manager, but was accused of insider trading. It’s estimated that he stole over $60,000,000 in illegitimate profits. Because of his high net worth, Raj’s bail was set at $100,000,000.

Kim Freeman:

Kim was an Asian American who was arrested for running two separate brothels. She had many connections with other Asian Americans throughout the country, and so was considered a major flight risk. Because of this, the judge gave her a $1,000,000,000 bail bond. Had she challenged this amount, it would have no doubt been ruled unconstitutional; she didn’t, however, and now has gone down in history as having the largest US bail bond.

 

Should you or a loved one find yourself in need of bail bondsman services, Nashville Bonding Company can help. For more information, just give us a call at (615) 255-1800.