Get out of Jail

How to Choose a Bail Bondsman in New Jersey

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The arrest of a friend or loved one can be one of the most stressful things a person can go through. In addition to the fear and anxiety that naturally comes from such an experience, people might feel lost in the intricacies of the criminal justice system. Basically, getting someone you care about out of jail isn’t easy, and it’s almost never cheap. That’s where a bail bondsman comes in. A good bail bondsman will guide you through the process and ensure the release of your loved one for less money than through a direct payment to the court.

But how do you know which bail bondsman to call? Along with good a lawyer, a trustworthy bondsman is one of the most important people to have on your side. Bondsmen’s clients are often stressed out with little time to make an educated decision. For this reason, bail bonds is an ideal industry for less-than-reputable characters. Avoid these by coming to an understanding of how bail bonds work and following these tips.

– The bondsman and/or bond company should be fully licensed, with experience and reviews to back them up. Ask if the bond company is licensed, and in what state. For example, an Atlantic City bond company and their bondsmen should be licensed by the state of New Jersey. Plus, a bondsman on friendly terms with local authorities could negotiate on your behalf better than anyone.

Payment should be flexible. If bail is set too high or your financial situation doesn’t leave you with many options, a good bail bondsman should be willing to work with you to make sure you get the service you need. This could mean taking credit or collateral instead of cash, or something more creative if required. But the most important thing should always be getting your loved one out of jail.

– The bondsman should be helpful and available. The criminal justice system can be confusing to outsiders. A good bondsman should be able and willing to explain the process from start to finish, guiding you and keeping you out of the dark every step of the way. The bondsman should also be available 24/7, working to bring your loved one to a hearing as soon as possible.

If you’re anywhere in New Jersey and looking for a bail bondsman, take these tips and look no further than Chance Bail Bonds LLC. Fully-licensed, helpful, understanding, and available 24 hours a day, Chance Bail Bonds will work with you to get your friend or loved one home as soon as possible.

Drop in New York Arrests Affects Bail Bondsmen and Lawyers

New York arrests bailNew York City has seen a significant decrease recently in the number of arrests made and traffic tickets issued. In addition to costing the city revenue, the decline is affecting bail bond companies and traffic lawyers.

Many police officers were upset by comments that Mayor Bill de Blasio made after the killings of two police officers in their patrol car on December 20. Some of de Blasio’s supporters believe the drop in arrests and tickets is the result of a work slowdown by police. Police unions deny sanctioning a slowdown.

The number of arrests for the week ending on January 4, 2015 was 2,401, down from 5,448 in the same period the previous year. In the week beginning December 22, 2013, 575 new inmates were booked in New York. The average number for that same week over the previous three years was around 1,000. Between the end of December and the beginning of January, only 618 new inmates were booked, compared to 1,041 who were processed in the last week of 2013.

Some bail bond companies are reporting a significant drop in the number of people seeking help posting bail. While larger companies might be able to endure a significant drop in business, smaller bail bond businesses could suffer disproportionately.

The number of parking and driving-related tickets issued from the end of December to the beginning of January is more than 90 percent lower than the same period last year. Traffic lawyers who help people fight fines for traffic violations, such as speeding, texting, talking on cell phones, and reckless driving, are reporting a steep decline in the number of people calling and emailing to request their services.

Some lawyers say it is too early to know if the fall in inquiries is the result of the holidays or a police slowdown. Other lawyers are seeing normal amounts of business but say that there may not be a noticeable drop in inquiries right away because many people do not seek help from a lawyer immediately after receiving a ticket.

Parking fines generated $542 million in revenue for the city in 2013. While it is significant, that is a small fraction of New York’s $75 billion annual budget. The drop in fines could affect the city’s budget, although it is too early to project the impact. Police Commissioner William Bratton said the city might actually save money by issuing fewer summonses because it would not have to pay officers overtime to go to court to testify.

De Blasio did not want to comment on whether the decline in arrests and tickets was the result of a work slowdown by police. He and Bratton said they needed more time to investigate the issue.

Supreme Court Blocks Arizona Bail Law

Supreme Court bail lawThe U.S. Supreme Court decided in November that it would not overturn the 9th Circuit Court’s ruling that blocked a controversial Arizona law approved by voters.

The law, which was passed by 78 percent of Arizona voters in 2006 as Proposition 100, required a judge to order a person charged with a crime held without bail if there was probable cause to believe that the person was in the United States illegally. The person would have to be held without bail even if the judge and the prosecutor did not believe that the subject was a flight risk. The law applied to undocumented immigrants who were charged with Class 4 felonies (which includes aggravated DUI, possession of narcotics, forgery, identity theft, and other crimes) or more serious charges.

The American Civil Liberties Union opposed the law in court, arguing that the Constitution is designed to protect the rights of anyone who comes into contact with the U.S. justice system, including undocumented immigrants. They argued that everyone should be presumed innocent until proven guilty and should be provided with certain protections, including the opportunity to have bail granted by a judge if the defendant is not considered a flight risk.

The judges on the 9th Circuit Court determined that the law was intended to punish undocumented immigrants, even if they did not pose a risk. The Court struck down the law and granted a stay while the case was appealed to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court dissolved the stay, which means the law can no longer be enforced.

The Supreme Court’s decision does not mean that undocumented immigrants who are currently being held without bail will automatically be let out of jail. It simply means that they will be granted a hearing where a judge will decide if they should be granted bail.

How Do Bail Bonds Work?

bail bondsWhen a person is arrested for a crime, a judge typically sets bail, a sum of money that must be paid to the court in exchange for the person to be freed pending trial. The judge hopes that by charging bail, the defendant will show up for all court appearances in order to eventually recover the bail money.

If the judge sets a high bail that the defendant cannot afford, the person can seek help from a bail agent, or bail bondsman. The bail agent is backed by a surety company, a type of insurance company. The surety company agrees to pay the full amount of the bail to the court if the defendant misses any court appearances, or “skips bail.”

In exchange for promising to pay the cost of full bail if the defendant does not show up, the bail agent charges the defendant a non-refundable premium, which is typically 10 percent for state charges and 15 percent for federal charges. The premium may be higher in some areas, and some bail bondsmen charge additional fees. Bail agents also generally collect some type of collateral, such as the title to a house, car, or boat; jewelry; or electronics.

Defendants often seek the help of a friend or family member to find a bail agent and get out of jail. The friend or family member often pays the bail agent’s premium and provides collateral. By involving a friend or family member in the process, the defendant is usually less inclined to skip bail because he or she feels personally accountable to the person who is helping.

If the defendant skips a court appearance, the bail agent must pay the promised amount to the court. The agent can then seek payment from the defendant. The bail bondsman may sue the defendant or claim assets that belong to the defendant or anyone else who signed a contract with the bail bond company. The bail bond agent can also hire a bounty hunter to find the person who skipped bail. The bounty hunter receives a percentage of the money recovered.

Tips for Posting Bail

ChanceLike car accidents and the flu, posting bail is something most of us hope we never have to deal with. However, events happen and rather than pretend everything will be alright it is up to the individual who has been arrested to help fix the situation as quickly as possible.

At Chance Bail Bonds we want to you get out of jail as quickly as possible so we offer some simple tips for how to handle being arrested and posting bail.

Relax: This is easier said than done but if you panic there is a very good chance you will say something you regret or act out in a way that will only prolong your incarceration. When you are in the custody of the police the best advice is to take a deep breath, admit to yourself that this is real and begin to think about how to correct the problem. You will be under a lot of stress, especially if it is your first time being arrested but is imperative that you maintain a sense of calm to avoid doing anything that can make a bad situation worse.

Make that Call Count: You get one phone call, so make it count. Don’t waste your time on people who can’t help you and choose your local bail bond agent. Most bail bond companies operate 24/7 so your call will most likely be answered and then you can make arrangements to get out of jail as quickly as possible. An experienced bail bondsman will be familiar with the bail process so they will be able to help you understand what will happen to ease your anxiety.

Post Bail: Once you have made arrangements with a bail bondsman they will help you finish the necessary paperwork and will post bail for you. However, this doesn’t mean you will immediately be released from jail. Then jail you are in may have different criteria for securing a release so again, be patient and allow the process to unfold. The environment you are in will not be ideal but the goal is to get out, not prolong your stay so refrain from using loud or profane language with the police.

Follow the Bail Rules: When you post bail you will be asked to appear in court at a specific date and time. DO NOT MISS THIS APPOINTMENT. On the day of your appearance dress professionally, address the court and judge with respect and politeness. Nothing will get on a judge’s bad side more than disrespect and a poor attitude. Showing up late, dressing like a thug and speaking out of turn could land you back in jail real quick.

Before your court appearance you should contact a lawyer and see about legal representation. A court appearance can be intimidating and the legal jargon used may confuse you. Before you say something you don’t want to say or agree to something you don’t fully understand, seek the help of a lawyer experienced in the crime you have been accused of to ensure you don’t make any costly mistakes.

Posting Bail on Halloween

ChanceIn just eleven days the holiday of Halloween will be upon us. Traditionally a festive day for children to dress up in costumes and roam their neighborhoods trick-or-treating, many adults also get into the spooky spirit of the season and indulge their dark side. However, this often includes drugs, alcohol and behavior that can land someone in jail.

One needs only to look at the riots that took place over the weekend at Keene State College in New Hampshire to see how a fall festival can turn ugly. For whatever reason, many students on the campus decided to turn a Pumpkin Festival into a haunting night of vandalism. When the smoke had cleared, 49 arrests were made and 235 calls were placed to the police.

At Chance Bail Bonds we know how out of control Halloween can get and we want to give everyone a heads up that we are ready in case you need to post bail. Whether it’s for a DUI or disorderly conduct, Halloween can bring out the bad side in many people and a trip to jail may be in the cards if you are not careful. Police will be out in full force on this night and won’t be in the mood to deal with pranks you think are funny when in fact it is illegal.

Of primary concern is the consumption of alcohol and recreational drug use. Parties that cater to adults may involve drinks and other ‘party favors’ that will make operating a motor vehicle dangerous and against the law. We encourage everyone to party responsibly but if you do find yourself locked up on Halloween for whatever reason, remember to call (732) 984-4101 for fast bail bond service in New Jersey.