November 04, 2017
The bail system is a centuries-old practice that was established to allow an arrested person to be released from jail until his or her trial began. This post details some of the history of bail and how it has been tailored to the American court system.
To uncover the history of bail in America, you have to go back much further in time. The bail system was developed during the Middle Ages in Anglo-Saxon England as a way to settle disputes peacefully. The accused person had to find another party to serve as a "surety" for them; someone who would agree to pay the settled-upon amount to the...
October 12, 2017
When a friend or family member gets arrested, your first priority is getting the person out of jail as quickly as possible. This usually involves posting bail - either yourself, if you have the means, or by working with a bail bond agent. A bail bond agent can lessen your financial impact if the bail is set higher than you can afford, which is the most common case. In this post, we’ll discuss why bail is so expensive.
How Bail Is Determined
A judge sets the bail amount and generally adheres to standard practices depending on the crime. For example, a petty and nonviolent offense could have a...
September 29, 2017
When a person is arrested for a crime, the first priority for their family is getting them released from jail. In the vast majority of cases, this is made possible through a bail agreement. However, there are certain cases in which bail can be denied outright and the person must remain in jail. The following are some of the circumstances that can keep a person locked up.
When the person is a flight risk
A flight risk is a person who could potentially leave the city, state, or country and not return for his or her court appearances. If a defendant has a history of fleeing from the law, a...
September 11, 2017
When a family member or friend gets arrested, you may be tempted to handle the bail situation yourself. However, there are many advantages to hiring a bail bond agent, including a variety of both financial and legal benefits. A bail bond agent can make your life much easier during this difficult time.
Save money - When you hire a bail bond agent, you will generally only be responsible for 10% of the bail amount, and the agent posts the rest. If you choose not to use a bail bond service, you're responsible for the entire bail amount.
Avoid liquidating your assets - Paying...
August 14, 2017
Earlier this month we outlined some things that a private investigator won't do for you. Today, we're going to identify what a private investigator can and will do as the situation dictates. A private investigator has many tools and strategies at his or her disposal to track down information the average person doesn't have access to. They can use these strategies to protect your interests or literally protect you and your family.
From a stationary stake-out to mobile surveillance, private investigators are trained in surveillance methods that help you attain the information you'...
July 26, 2017
The entertainment world often makes it look like private investigators are above the law; like they can enter any residence, hack into any computer, and track down any kind of personal or private information in a matter of minutes.
Reality is a little bit different. While a licensed private investigator can do many things to help you track down the information you're looking for, there are some things that fall outside the scope of their activity.
Here are some things your private investigator won't do:
Trespass - A private investigator can't enter any residence or property illegally. This...
July 13, 2017
It’s the phone call you never want to get: a friend or family member has been arrested and taken to jail. While this can be an emotional time, it’s crucial to stay clear-headed while you figure out your first steps. Of course, your priority is getting the individual released from jail as quickly as possible; however, several things must take place before that can happen.
Stay calm and don't divulge information
First, remind both yourself and the arrested individual to stay calm. It’s important to think clearly as you proceed with next steps.
If your loved one is speaking to you by phone,...
June 26, 2017
The Fourth of July weekend is quickly approaching, bringing with it the standard barbecues, pool parties, fireworks shows, and family gatherings. All these events are tons of fun but can easily lead to overindulging in alcohol. Law enforcement is very aware of this trend; that’s why this weekend is one of the biggest for DUI arrests all year. In Colorado over the past five years, the Fourth of July weekend has brought in several hundred DUI arrests each year. Fortunately, there are steps you can take now to prevent a run-in with the law over the holiday weekend. A DUI can negatively impact...