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Marks of the Competent Bail Bonds Person

Finding a reliable bail bondsman or woman is not easy. Like every other field, bail bond industry too is not exempt from corruption. Although getting help for your loved one is an urgent issue, being hasty would not help. This blogpost outlines some of the traits of an exemplary bail bonds person.

Licensed

Remember, professional bail bond agents have state licenses. Those who have been properly trained would understand every jot and tittle of bail laws and the rights of the accused. Looking into those who are licensed should give you a rough idea about the differences between knowledgeable and conscientious bail bond agents and those who aren’t.

Referred by a lawyer

Referrals from attorneys can only help. If you are running out of time to get your loved one out of jail, even more time is at stake if you get the wrong bail bonds person. Getting one solid recommendation is better than nothing at all. Having a lawyer—especially an honest lawyer—vouch for a particular agent not only gives you assurance about what you’re doing, but also forces the lawyer to be accountable.

Clear and articulate

This is so important. Obfuscating language is a red flag for any service provider, but in the case of a bail bonds man or woman, getting things across in a crystal-clear manner quickly is crucial. Being simple isn’t the same as being simplistic, though; being able to explain things in a simple manner actually shows that the bail bonds person is not simplistic about the craft—he or she knows it inside and out.

Conclusion

With an experienced yet humble bail bonds person, taking care of bail should be easy and expedient. Most importantly, do your part as well and get to know bail laws yourself. After all, an expert can easily relate to a fellow expert. And know that you can drop by Troy’s Bail Bonds today for your bail bond needs!

What to Do When the Police Come Knocking at Your Door

We have spoken in a previous blog post what you are supposed to do when a police officer stops you in order to search your vehicle. However, what are you supposed to do when they arrive at your door? In both scenarios, it’s vital that you understand your rights while not being intimidated by the mere presence of a police officer. By knowing what to do in this situation, you can protect yourself from experiencing an unwarranted home search.

The Need for a Warrant

Speaking of which, let’s talk about warrants for a moment because this is a very timely discussion worth having. It was only this past June that the Supreme Court ruled that law enforcement must obtain a warrant before they are able to demand user location information from cell phone companies.

This is just an example of how more and more people are starting to take privacy seriously in today’s digital age, but that sense of security certainly begins at home. By searching a person’s home without proper authorization, this constitutionally violated the homeowner’s rights with unprecedented power.

The Topic of Consent

The major exception to this rule is when a police officer is offered consent to a person’s home. Alongside that, if any illegal items are found to be in plain view, they can be seized as evidence against you, which can also lead to an arrest. So long as you don’t have anything that fits that description, you shouldn’t have to worry about this in the first place.

But let’s go back to that topic of consent. You should make it habit to check to see who exactly is at your door before you open it, whether that means looking through your peephole or out the nearby window.

If you find the police have visited you, you can either decide to take another exit to speak to them, have a chat behind your chain lock, or simply refuse to answer them (if you don’t require their help). The only time this will come back to bite you is if they have a warrant.

Find Out Why the Police Have Visited You

As we just talked about, you may feel intimidated being in the presence of the police. Of course, this could also be an entirely unwelcome situation for a variety of reasons. Be that as it may, you should treat them just like you would any other guest, and simply ask, “How may I help you?”

More often than not, this visit will have little to do with you or is a case you can easily handle, like an inquiry about a crime committed nearby. It could also be a noise complaint where you’re just told to keep it down a little.

Conclusion

Either way, always remember to be respectful and apologize for any inconvenience. If the officer asks to enter your home, remain calm and inform them they cannot enter without a search warrant. Make sure any friends or family members are aware of their right to refuse police entry.

We should note ahead of time that this article isn’t intended as legal advice. If you feel your rights have been violated at any step of the process, be sure to speak with a legal professional who will go over your case on your behalf. It is also recommended that any request to enter your home that doesn’t end up happening should also be referred to a lawyer.

The Repercussions Surrounding Bail Forfeiture

While we have spoken plenty in the past about the rules and regulations surrounding bails including the situations that would call for one, we haven’t really taken the time to discuss what happens when you don’t hold up your end of the bargain.

This can be a bit of an uncomfortable topic to talk about, but we believe it’s important that our clients understand what happens when you fail to appear for your trial after being bailed out of jail. This is what’s called bail forfeiture, and it’s a serious offense when you don’t follow court orders.

The Bail Forfeiture Process

Once this happens, the judge will issue a bench warrant along with a determined forfeiture date that involves a forfeiture hearing. At this point and time, the defendant officially becomes a fugitive on the run, and it is up to the bail bondsman or whoever agreed to the terms of the bail bond, to find the defendant and return them to the court.

So long as they appear in court by the forfeiture date, then there is no bond forfeiture to speak of. On the other hand, if they do not appear, the entire bail amount will then be payable to the court.

Valid Reasons for Missing a Court Appearance

Of course, there are plenty of valid reasons why someone may miss their court date. Whether the defendant is out of town, they’re dealing with an emergency like a death in the family, or they never received the instructions regarding the appearance date, a defendant may have a legitimate reason for being truant. If this is the case, the court will more than likely end up canceling the forfeiture and decide on a new date instead.

How Things Go From Bad to Worse

However, if that same court ends up finding the defendant and they pose a flight risk, the defendant will be held in custody until their trial. It goes without saying that many cases involving bail forfeiture are due to nerves and anxieties being experienced by the defendant, but they may also be in contact with an attorney to assist them in the litigation process revolving around the amount in damages being requested by the bench warrant.

Along with the bail forfeiture, there are typically other charges and possibly even fines bundled with a failure to appear in court, the severity of which will depend on the original charges. For example, whether we’re talking about a misdemeanor or felony, whether the fugitive returns on their own accord or if they have been arrested.

Conclusion

As you can see from this article, bail forfeiture can have a huge impact on the outcome of a trial. Not only will this put the person associated with the bail process into financial risk, but the defendant can experience extra charges that result in additional jail time.

Take all of these aspects into strong consideration when you or the person acting on your behalf takes out a bail bond. So long as both sides hold up their end of the deal, then the entire process will be a smooth one!

How Attorney Referral Services Work

If you are stuck in a legal bind, finding the right lawyer who will represent you in court can be difficult and certainly overwhelming. In most situations, people use attorney referral services as a strong starting point for them to find the right person to take charge of their case. With this in mind, we would like to explain how exactly this works and why so many have come to rely on this program!

How to Find Attorneys for Your Specific Case

There are some referral services out there who are linked to specific areas of practices or a certain community. If you happen to have a specific concern related to any of these organizations, you may want to talk with the referral service ahead of time to avoid any conflicts.

Attorney referral services are a commonly used avenue for persons who need legal aid. However, these programs may involve one or more fees during the process. For example, a typical service will charge you a small fee when you are connected with an attorney.

We should also point out that the attorney you choose will typically charge a fee for the initial consultation and your ongoing attorney-client relationship, so you certainly want to keep that in mind. It goes without saying you will know all this ahead of time before making your final decision.

The Pros and Cons of Attorney Referral Services

Now we get to the point where you want to weigh your options. Lawyers who are participating in an attorney referral service must be certified by the state bar and the American Bar Association. In this case, since our business is located in Louisiana, they must have good standing with the Louisiana State Bar Association.

At the same time, you usually don’t have the option of pre-screening attorneys with most referral programs as your choices may be limited to those who choose to associate with this service. This is particularly true for county-specific referral programs, but you can depend on their own screening procedures.

As with any attorney referral service, it is your choice whether to retain the attorney to whom you have been referred to. However, if you don’t feel that your chosen attorney provides satisfactory legal advice or representation, you are more than free to search for another attorney that does.

Conclusion

It is important for you to take the time to make an educated decision about the right attorney to represent you. After all, your legal issue is important to you, so you should be confident when you head into the courtroom that you have someone who has your back at every step in the process.

Of course, we recommend speaking with the business who connects you with the attorney referral service so you are fully informed. That way, you don’t feel overwhelmed during this delicate period. In the meantime, do you have any thoughts or questions regarding the use of this program? Be sure to share them in the comments section below!

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