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Strange Arrest Stories

People get pulled over all the time, usually for speeding or running a stop sign, but these stories are a little different. Here are a few times that people have been arrested things very odd reasons.

No Seatbelts

In Texas in 1997, a woman named Gail Atwater was pulled over. When the police officer noticed that Atwater’s’ two children were not wearing seatbelts, he decided to give her a different kind of punishment. He ended up arresting her, and sending her behind bars, where she stayed for 1 hour before making bail. In the end she pled no contest and ended up paying a $50 fine.

Cussing

A man by the name of Wesley Force was arrested in North Carolina after he said the “F word” in public. He was put in jail but ended up being released. He went back to court a month later where the judge sentenced him to 10 days in jail. He was allowed to do his time in his home, wearing an ankle monitor instead.

Loud Music

In South Carolina, a man named Pastor (yes you read that right) Johnnie Clark, had had multiple complaints that his warship music during services was too loud. Apparently, the police had come out to his church over 50 times before for these complaints. After so many times of coming out, the police had had enough and arrested Clark for unlawful sound amplification. He was found guilty and sentenced to two weeks in jail.

If you find yourself in a strange arrest situation or any kind of arrest, call Alvarado Bail Bonds at 888-866-8376 and let us help you get out of jail, fast.

Facts about Drinking and Driving

Drinking and driving is extremely dangerous and illegal. There are so many things that can go wrong and likely will. It doesn’t matter how many times you have done it before, every time you get onto the road while intoxicated, you are risking your life as well as the lives of others. There are many facts about drinking and driving or driving under the influence that many people don’t know about, here they are.

The Facts

Over 40% of all 10th grade students are already drinking alcohol according to madd. That means that 15 year olds are walking and possibly driving around with alcohol in their system. Always be careful on the roads.

There are more than 300,000 a day, there are people drunk driving and only around 3,000 of them get arrested.

Every single day there are 800 people that have become injured in a drunk driving accident. With those kinds of numbers, it is scary to even get onto the road.

Remember, that if you drink and drive and get pulled over, you will get a DUI and you will go to jail. Driving under the influence is irresponsible and can get you or someone else killed. If you do find yourself in this situation and need a bail bondsman, call Alvarado Bail Bonds at __PHONE__ right away.

What Happens When A Defendant Skips Bail?

Bail Jumping

Skipping out on bail could have serious consequences.

Bail bonds help ensure that the defendant shows up to their court date. Often times, loved ones of the defendants post a lot of money to get them out. However, not all defendants show up to their court date.

What happens to someone who skips bail?

Lose Money – Whoever posted bail for the charge could be losing the bond money. A bail bond works as a sort of collateral that guarantees that the defendant will appear for their court date. If the defendant doesn’t show up to their court date, the family member or loved one who posted bail may lose out on that collateral money they gave.

Bondsman Looks For Them – If the defendant doesn’t show up to court, the court will often notify the the bail bonds man and sets a time period for the defendant to be returned to the court in order to not forfeit the bond money. During this time, a bail bonds office might issue a bounty hunter if the size of bond is significant and the state allows it.

Face Other Charges – The court will generally issue an arrest warrant for a defendant who skipped out on bail. The defendant could be looking at brand new charges for not appearing in court. Skipping out on bail could be its own offense. Even if the person is found innocent in court, they still may have to face the consequences for the charge of jumping bail.

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What is a PC 1275 No-Bail Hold?

No-Bail Hold Money and Handcuffs

A No-Bail Hold Prevents a Defendant From Posting Bail Until They See a Judge.

Generally, when a person gets arrested, they are given the opportunity to post bail. This allows them to stay out of jail while they wait for their trial to commence. There are certain situations when the court system will place a no-bail hold, which prevents the defendant from posting bail. This usually happens because the person arrested is on probation, or because they have committed a capital offense. If you need to lift a no-bail hold in California, Alvarado Bail Bonds is here to help.

Lifting a 1275 No-Bail Hold

In the state of California, section 1275 of the Penal Code states that the option to post bail can be withheld if there is a reasonable suspicion that the money used to pay bail was acquired illegally. These types of holds are placed on defendants arrested for crimes related to drugs, embezzlement, theft or extortion. In order to lift a 1275 no-bail hold, the defendant must go before the judge. This special hearing is designed to give the accused a chance to prove the validity of their income and show that they can post bail with money acquired legally.

Sometimes a PC 1275 hearing is part of the arraignment, but the accused has the option to ask for a special hearing. The defendant’s lawyer and bail bondsmen should be present for this hearing. The only other people allowed in this hearing are those connected with validating the source of the bail money.

If you need someone to represent your interests and post bail for your once the PC 1275 no bail hold has been lifted, contact our office at (888) 866-8376 Let us represent you or a loved one in a 1275 no-bail hold hearing.

Can Bail Legally Be Withheld?

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There Are A Few Reasons Bail Can Be Withheld.

If you’ve been arrested, you are always brought before a judge for a bail hearing. You may have heard in some cases that judges refuse the opportunity for bail. This is true in some cases, though not a common occurrence. Generally speaking, you can expect the judge to set a fair bail amount, however, there are certain circumstances that can render and individual ineligible for bail. Today we will discuss a few of the most common reasons bail can be withheld.

Past Criminal History

Depending on the previous crimes the defendant has been convicted for, a judge may withhold bail. It is more likely, however, that the judge will simply make the price of bail much higher.

History Of Skipping Out On Bail

If you’ve skipped out on bail before, you are less likely to be given the opportunity for bail in the future. This is because you will be considered a flight risk.

Flight Risk

The judge considers anyone who may try to leave town before their court date, a flight risk. A variety of factors can lead the judge to believe you’re a flight risk, from missing previous court dates, to being from out of town, or being belligerent at your bail hearing.

Danger Risk

The most common cause of bail withholding, is when the judge believes that the defendant is a danger to society. For allegations concerning murder or particularly violent crimes, it is likely that bail will be withheld.

 

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Bail Bond 101

Oftentimes, people have the same few questions about the hows, whens, and whys of a bail bond. When posting a bond for the first time, you can feel uneasy and unsure. But don’t worry. The process is fairly simple, and typically, your bondsman is there to help.

 

Bail Bonds

Why Did My Bondsman Charge a Fee?

In order for a bond company to provide bonding services, they must charge a fee just like any other business. Bail bond companies are privately owned enterprises and are not government funded. Therefore they operate like a standard business and have for their services.

How Long Does My Bond Last?

Your bond lasts until your repay your bondsman the entire amount owed. When your bondsman got you released, they paid they bond set for you in the faith that you will pay it back. Once you pay back the entirety of your bond, you are no longer liable to the bondsman.

Are There Any Specific Rules to Follow?

With your bond, your bondsman will most likely require that you come in weekly or biweekly to pay on your bond and to check in. This simply means to come in and let your bondsman know that you’re still around. You will also typically be required to call your bondsman and get approval for leaving the county or state. Read your bail bond contract carefully, and follow the rules that are laid out.

Bonding out of jail is a scary process. There are many questions circling your head and many thoughts on getting yourself back together. When you have questions, call the trusted bonding professionals at Alvarado Bail Bonds at (888) 866-8376. We’re here to help you make this experience as painless as possible.

Algorithms Used To Set Bail

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What Are Bail Algorithms?

When a defendant is in front of a judge awaiting bail, the judge has a few things to consider. Will this defendant break the law or skip town while on bail? Are they a risk to others? These types of decisions can be difficult to make, so the judge is forced to consider whatever information can be gleaned about the defendant, such as age, standing in the community, and other similar factors. Of course, the judge will also consider any past allegations or convictions. Unfortunately, many people see this as a difficult area to be impartial in, which is why the bail algorithms have been introduced in some areas.

What Is A Bail Algorithm?

A bail algorithm is made up of formulas that utilize statistics in order to asses risk levels in defendants. Using specific information about the defendant, such as age, criminal history, and things of that nature, the algorithm compares the risk level to individuals with similar attributes. After sifting through the available information, the program produces a score that the judge can then use to determine the amount of bail to be set. However, a judge can also disregard the algorithm, if he or she feels so inclined.

While there is still much work to be done in the fine tuning of these algorithms, they are an interesting look into the future of arbitrary judgement. If you find yourself in need of bail in Santa Ana, CA, give our team a call today at (888) 866-8376 to learn more. We’re here to help!

 

3 Ways to Avoid a DUI

Liquor, Keys, and Gavel to Depict DUI Consequences and Why to Avoid a DUIIf you have received a DUI in Southern California, Alvarado Bail Bonds is here to help. Still, we highly recommend avoiding this predicament in the future. If you were not aware, DUIs can actually be avoided with some fundamental principles. Below are 4 ways to avoid a DUI in Southern California:

Drive Smart

Alcohol can cause drivers to take more chances and feel invincible on the roads. While you may not be drunk to the point of swerving in and out of lanes, reckless driving is what will alert police officers to your vehicle. Follow standard driving procedure, abide by the speed limit, and drive defensively. If you are right on the line of the legal limit, driving smart can prevent you from ever getting stopped.

Monitor Your Drinks

It seems simple, but the easiest way to get a DUI is to lose track of your alcohol consumption. Remember, you might “feel” well enough to drive, but the only way to ensure that you aren’t stopped and charged, is to keep track of your drinks. The legal limit for California residents who are 21 and older is 0.08. If you operate a commercial vehicle, that number goes down to 0.04.

Maintain Your Vehicle

In some cases, DUI arrests stem from unrelated traffic violations. For example, a broken tail light can get you pulled over by police officers, if they determine you to be intoxicated at that point, they can charge you with a DUI. For this reason, it is important to keep your vehicle well serviced, to avoid any unrelated violations. Call (888) 866-8376 for DUI bail bonds in Santa Ana, CA.

Why Bail Bonds Are Important

Why Bail Bonds Are Important

Know Why Bail Bonds Are Important.

While bail bonds are well-known and have been used for hundreds of years, it is still not known by many why bail bonds are important. If you’ve never been in a situation where bail was necessary, it might not be something that you worry too much about. However, there may come an instance where you or someone you love needs a bail bond and know why they are important can be beneficial. Below are a few reasons why bail bonds are important.

Innocent Until Proven Guilty

In America, people who have been arrested and charged are seen as innocent until proven otherwise. Depending on the severity of the crime, they have the right to be released from jail while awaiting their trial.

Released From Jail Without Much Money

Bail can be set at an expensive price, which some people can afford. While some people can put down cash to get themselves out of jail, there are a lot of people who don’t have that luxury. For a nonviolent crime, bail makes it easier for people to get out of jail without spending money they don’t have.

Reduces Lost Time

This can go back to people who are in jail who can’t afford to pay their bail. Without the necessary means bail them or someone they love out of jail, they are sitting in a jail cell instead of going back to work, or school, or being with their families. Bail bonds ensure people get out of jail so they can continue on with their lives.

If you need bail bond services in the Santa Ana, CA area, call Alvarado Bail Bonds today at (888) 866-8376.

 

 

Felonies Versus Misdemeanors

Justice Scales

A misdemeanor or a felony could mean much longer jail time

Though both are classifications of crime, some may not know the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony. While a third classification, a petty offense, is the least serious offense, normally just a ticket and fine with no jail time, a felony or misdemeanor are a more serious offense.

Misdemeanors are the least serious of the two. A misdemeanor normally means a fine higher than a petty offense fine, and possible jail time for less than a year. Jail time for a misdemeanor would be served in a local or county jail, rather than a state or federal correctional institute like a felony charge. Additionally, misdemeanor trials are normally much shorter than felony trials, and like a petty offense trial, defendants are not allowed a court-appointed lawyer if they can’t afford one.

Felonies, as the most serious offenses, often involve longer trials, and are classified by degrees, with a first-degree felony being the most serious. Those that are convicted of felonies must be provided with a lawyer if they cannot afford one. Felony trials involve juries if necessary, and those convicted may serve prison sentences for over a year in a state or federal correctional facility.

Outside of prison, if you are convicted of a felony you may face other restrictions. Some states may prevent you from purchasing firearms, or you may be blocked from employment from certain professions.

If you or a loved one have a high cash bail amount that you need assistance with, contact Alvarado Bail Bonds in Santa Ana, CA at (888) 866-8376. We are available 24/7 to take your call and assist with posting bail.