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Bail Bond Tips

Nobody likes to think that they’ll ever end up in jail. It’s a scary place, which is a deterrent for some people. Still, even if you don’t ever commit a crime, the possibility of jail is still out there; our justice system isn’t perfect. Fortunately, our country has a bail process to get the defendant out until their court date. Otherwise the words “innocent until proven guilty” would mean nothing. Here are a few tips regarding this process:

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What you’ll need:

There are a few bits of information that can streamline the whole process: date of arrest, charge levied, jail being held at, name of defendant, etc. Bring as much of this information as you can to your bail bondsman. If you don’t have it, don’t worry, they will help you find it.

Other tips:

  • Start the bail process as soon as possible; the quicker you get it started, the quicker you’ll be out.
  • There may be a brief wait, depending on how busy the day is.
  • Sometimes different types of collateral can be used, depending on the situation of the person posting. Credit checks may be made. Things with constant value like vehicles or real estate can sometimes be used.

Keep all this in mind and the whole process should go by easily. No body wants to use a bail bondsman, but you’re glad they’re there when you need one. If you find yourself with a need to make bail, give Nashville Bonding Company a call at (615) 255-1800.

Gun Laws in Tennessee

If you’re going to own a fire-arm, it’s best to know the laws of your state; unlawful possession of a gun can be a nasty charge. Each state regulates their gun laws differently. Here’s a basic overview of Tennessee laws:

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The Tennessee state constitution states that “the citizens of this state have a right to keep and bear arms for their common defense; but the Legislature shall have power, by law, to regulate the wearing of arms with a view to prevent crime.” This has been interpreted as a right for people to have and use guns lawfully, as in the defense of the home or for hunting. A license is only required for conceal or open carry. Any out-of-state permits are recognized as long as that person isn’t a resident of Tennessee. It was recently decided that lawfully keeping a fire-arm in your vehicle, as long as you are the rightful owner, is not a punishable offense.

Texas’ preemption statute prevents localities from further regulating guns except in 4 specific instances.

If you own a firearm, always remember to practice gun safety. Should you find yourself arrested for gun possession, Nashville Bonding Company can help. For more information, please give us a call at (615) 255-1800.

3 Tips in Dealing with a Traffic Stop

Nobody is as proud of their personal freedoms as Americans; that’s why it’s important to know and exercise your rights. It’s not the police’s job to do that for you (except for the Miranda Rights). These tips offer basic advice when dealing with a traffic stop:

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Exercise your right to remain silent:

It’s completely your prerogative whether you talk to the police or not before and after an arrest. If you choose not to talk to them, just state simply “I am going to remain silent”. Legally this cannot be interpreted as an admission of guilt and will not be used against you later in court.

Always refuse a police search:

When a police officer asks you for permission to search your vehicle, that means they need your permission. Otherwise they will just do it on their own. It is your right under the Fourth Amendment to refuse an illegal search and seizure. It’s important to use this right whenever the opportunity presents itself, as it gets reinforced each time. Should an officer initiate a search without your consent, remain still and state politely “I do not consent to this search”.

Find out if you’re being detained or arrested:

To determine whether you’re free to go, simply ask “Am I free to go?”. An officer needs a reason to hold you. Should they tell you that you are being arrested/detained, remain calm and tell them “I am going to remain silent”.

It’s never a good idea to antagonize police officers. Generally, if you respect them they will respect you. As long as you’re cordial and exercise your rights, you should arrive at the best possible scenario.

Should you find yourself on the wrong end of a prison cell, give the Nashville Bonding company a call at (615) 255-1800.

The Holidays

Too much holiday fun?

19377544_sEveryone loves the holidays. They are full of fun, family, friends and parties. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years are the three most celebrated holidays in the United States. People plan a multitude of parties to celebrate each occasion. The one thing that you will see at most every holiday get together is alcohol. This can come in the form of Wassil, Egg Nog, Wine, signature drinks, etc.

24/7 Nashville Bonding Company understands that it is easy to have too much to drink when you are gathered around your favorite people celebrating wonderful holidays. We recommend that you do not drink and drive so you can not only avoid an arrest, taking the life of someone else, or even yourself.

When you find yourself or a loved one has been arrested for a DWI and is need of a bail bonds company, call the experts at 24/7 Nashville Bonding Company. We are here for you when you need us!

On your way to jail

America has the highest incarceration rates in the world.

In 2012, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, countries comparable to the United States, an average of 100 per 100,000 people are sent to prison, while in the US there was an imprisonment rate of 500 per 100,000. That is 50% higher than Russia and 320% higher than China! In 2013 the average toll rose to 716 per 100,000. In 2012 there was a record 2.2 million people in either jail or prison. This is a 500% increase over the past 30 years! The Pew Center on the States reports that there is at least 4.6 million people who are living under some sort of correctional supervision. This does not include the 2.2 million in jail.

The majority of prisoners are males who are in their 20s to early 30s. They make up 90% of the prison population, which is 14% higher than the rate of women. The average cost for an individual who is in prison in between $20K-$30K.

We understand that many people are sent to prison who are innocent and they need all the time they can get to seek the best legal team to represent them. Just remember that 24/7 Nashville Bonding Company is always here to bail you out of jail so you can spend your valuable time wisely.