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On Being An American Citizen

In tumultuous times and political upheaval, there is always the land of liberty and opportunity. America that sacred nation which holds freedom and liberty of it’s people above all else. It is our believe at AMobileBailBonds.com that everyone is entitled to freedom and we go the extra mile to show that with our bail bond services. Whether it means offering low down payment plans or a simple to use online bonding process.

We would like to share with you Theodore Roosevelts’ words on immigration and being an American.  Prisons try to incarcerate people, Bail Bonds man are here to get you out.

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What Type of Bail Bonds are right for me?

What Type Of Bail Bonds Are There?

Several people don’t know that there are truly a variety of bonds that can secure their release from jail, and those in custody need to pursue different options depending on their specific situations.

However, getting yourself out of custody can be a difficult and stressful process. The procedure is not made any easier by the fact that you must navigate the various kinds of bail bonds available to you. Thankfully, the bail system can help you or your loved ones out of custody fast, therefore it is of utmost importance to have a basic understanding of the kind of bail bond that are available before trying to secure a bond which is why we’re going through the different types of bail bonds you need to know, making it easier for you or your loved one to get out of jail and back to life.

The following are the most common types of bail bonds for defendants

Citation Release

Out of all the kinds of bail bonds, this is the best one to obtain, because it indicates you never actually get taken into custody. A citation release is obtained when the arresting officer does not take the suspect to the station; instead, he or she issues a citation that orders the suspect to appear before a judge on a given date. Citation releases are generally given for minor crimes as well as traffic violations.

A citation release is not something you apply for or fight for; instead, it is up to the discretion of the arresting officer. Should the officer decide to take you into custody, you will require to try for another kind of bail bond.

Surety Bond

The first and most common kind of bail a bondsman will offer is a surety bond. When you don’t have the cash to bail yourself out, you’ll need assistance from a bail bondsman. This kind of bond is secured by paying 10 percent of bail amount to your bondsman while as well promising to appear on your court dates.

The bondsman will cover the rest of your bail once you pay the 10 percent, enabling you to return home to your family and friends. Several bail bonds agencies are as well flexible when assisting you secures your surety bond, offering flexible payment plans that meet your requirements.

Property Bond

With this kind of bond, the full rights of the property should be utilized as collateral. Property bonds are not allowed in all states, but they are utilized in California on occasion. Numerous different kinds of property may be utilized, but real estate is the most common.

Recognizance Release

This kind of bail bond comes in second to citation release in terms of its simplicity for you. No money is required, only an assurance on your part that you will show up before a judge on the specified date. You will then be released from custody once you sign the paperwork. However, no money is charged for release, there is a fine for not showing up in court.

Recognizance release is something that may be obtained depending on the discretion of the arresting officers. But, you may require fighting for it in court. The benefit of seeking for recognizance release would be not paying bail; meanwhile, your lawyer fees could indicate that paying your bail particularly with a property bond or surety would be cheaper.

Federal Bail Bonds

Only federal bail bonds may be utilized when a federal crime is involved. These bonds process similar to property bonds in that the transaction is done directly with the court, without the use of a bail bondsman. Both property and cash may be utilized to obtain this bail bond.

Immigration Bail Bond

This kind of bail bond is only utilized for non-residents and non-citizens residing in the United States. Because of the lack of legal status of the arrest party, it is hard to obtain and precise criteria must be met for eligibility. However, a bail bondsman may assist you, but you must seek out someone who has the knowledge and experience with immigration bail bonds.

If you are struggling to understand or distinguish between all of these alternatives, give us a call. We have the years of experience required assisting you to determine which alternative is best for you and getting you or your loved one out of custody as soon as possible.

Bail Reform Causing Problems in Dallas

As a detective for the Dallas Police Department, I took an oath to protect my fellow citizens for more than 30 years. Though retired, I still take that oath very seriously, which is why I know firsthand that so-called “bail reform” initiatives put the lives of Texans at risk. We cannot let Dallas fall into the trap.

Bail reform advocates have their sights set on overhauling Dallas’ bail system, signifying a dangerous shift in policy that favors criminals and ignores victims. The traditional bail system used in almost every other Texas county works hand-in-hand with law enforcement to ensure defendants show up for court and answer for their crimes. Without it, dangerous criminals are released on the streets virtually overnight.

Here’s the long and short of it:

In 2017, a federal judge declared Harris County’s bail system unconstitutional, ordering the release of misdemeanor defendants within 24 hours regardless of their ability to pay. This led to a massive uptick in individuals released on “unsecured bonds,” which are little more than pinky promises to show up for court. Data from the Harris County district clerkshows that of 8,000 unsecured bonds granted between June and December 2017, an alarming 3,500 were forfeited, meaning 43 percent of those individuals failed to appear for court.

According to a study by UT-Dallas, defendants released using a bail bond company were significantly less likely to skip their court hearing than those on unsecured bonds, and they saved taxpayers over $10 million for felony and misdemeanor defendants. Without the bail system, we are all are on the hook for offenders that skip court or commit additional crimes.

Much of this public safety crisis can be attributed to Dallas County’s love affair with the risk assessment tool, a computer algorithm designed to predict the likelihood of a defendant to fail to appear in court or commit offenses while they’re out of jail. The idea is to designate defendants as being high or low risk, but many assessed as low-risk and released commit additional crimes. A study released this month by George Mason University asserts that these tools are much less effective in practice than in theory, with little to no proof they actually reduce crime, incarceration rates or racial disparities. They were found to be no more successful in decision-making than an ordinary person with little criminal justice experience would be.

Take the State of Kentucky, the gold standard for the bail reform movement. Kentucky mandated the use of a risk assessment tool in 2011, yet as the tool was increasingly utilized, the rate of failures-to-appear and pretrial crime actually increased. The risk assessment tool is gaining rapid traction around the U.S.  with little evidence it actually works, and that’s a risk Dallas County can’t afford to take.

The Houston Police Officers Union says the judicial system has become a revolving door for repeat offenders because of bail reform. Arrestees brag to law enforcement they’ll be out in a matter of hours, making a mockery of our justice system. Why, for example, is an offender arrested 34 times and released on an unsecured bond? Is that what we consider “low-risk?”

Relying on technology that lacks the ability to reason and consider human behavior opens the door to colossal error. I’ve witnessed too much of what these offenders can do, and I worry for the safety of our communities if we allow a computer to decide what has historically been the decision of experienced, elected judges.

As a former long-time law enforcement officer, I agree that not everything about our criminal justice system is perfect. Meaningful reforms are necessary, but police officers don’t take an oath just to play a game of catch-and-release. If reform means utilizing an unproven software, putting the safety of Dallasites at risk and spitting in the face of victims, I suggest we take a pass.

Detective Kim Sanders is a retired Dallas police detective and part owner of Keep My ID.
Source: https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2018/02/02/keep-harmful-harris-county-bail-reform-dallas

Criminal justice reform actually hurting public safety

Ricko Canaz Ball is a career criminal undeterred and unrehabilitated by years behind bars. Twenty years ago, his crimes included stealing a minivan, stereo equipment and guns — not to mention endangering lives by leading police on a high-speed chase. More recently, he graduated to robbing so many automobile-related businesses that he was nicknamed “Oil Slickster.”

Ball was able to commit his latest string of crimes because Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards’ Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Act freed him early from prison. Personally, we think the act should be called the Louisiana Prisoner Release and Public Safety Be Damned Act.

We are on a dangerous trajectory in this country. Because we can’t make priorities in government spending, we want to slash prison costs by opening the prison gates and reducing probation oversight. The result is innocent people are becoming victims to offenders who should be in jail instead of on the streets. Criminals have all the rights. Victims have none. The inability of government to live within its means is creating more Get Out of Jail Free cards than the makers of the Monopoly game.

The Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Act has been a disaster. In fact, now the governor is throwing up his hands and accusing district attorneys and judges of forcing him to free criminals. That’s a sharp turnaround from just a few months ago when he used words like “historic,” “data-driven” and “works better for everyone” to describe the Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Act.

We do not dispute that the Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Act was crafted with bipartisan support and the best of intentions. The fact of the matter is that even the most well-crafted henhouse will fail to protect the chickens if they’re guarded by foxes. The Louisiana Department of Corrections and Public Safety is completely incapable of competently executing any type of criminal justice reform. Officials at the Louisiana Department of Corrections and Public Safety are too intent on covering up their own misdeeds to ensure public safety.

Those misdeeds include a litany of corruption that has spawned investigations and indictments. Underneath all of that is a layer of incompetence so deep that the Corrections Department doesn’t know where a prisoner is on any given day of the week or when he should actually be released from prison.

It’s partly because of the failure of Edwards’ prisoner release program that we opposed sweeping changes to federal sentencing laws. No doubt the federal legislation is well-meaning, but it could slash sentences for people who committed horrible crimes. Our federal prisons are not populated with people who jaywalked or tossed a gum wrapper on the ground. Our federal prisons are populated with drug traffickers, gang members and weapons offenders.

Yet another problem with Edwards’ Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Act is that it is cost-driven. Prisoners aren’t being freed because they’ve been rehabilitated. They’re being freed because it’s cheaper than paying their room and board. That’s why Ricko Canaz Ball was unleashed to burglarize businesses in north Louisiana.

Texas took a very measured approach to criminal justice reform. The Pew Charitable Trusts looked at changes to the state’s juvenile corrections system and concluded that Texas was able to cut costs while protecting public safety. One of the tools that Texas created was a program that helps judges determine a youth’s recidivism risk.

Texas is actively helping offenders through substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment and community engagement. In Louisiana, freed offenders get a bus ticket. It’s no wonder that Tyrone White quickly robbed two roofers at gunpoint shortly after Edwards’ prisoner release program set him free. Of course, White — all of 24 years of age — also had more than 60 arrests on his record. He didn’t deserve a “get out of jail free” card in the first place, but Edwards temporarily saved money by letting him loose.

We’ve got to be smarter about this. We can’t let prisoners go simply to cut down on the cost of bologna sandwiches. Public safety needs to come first.

John Kennedy is one of Louisiana’s U.S. senators. Jeff Landry is Louisiana’s attorney general.

Source: http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/opinion/article_ffcd8746-22df-11e8-a865-ab8c0c15b354.html

Repeat Offenders On The Loose

HOUSTON – Houston police are trying to find the people responsible for a number of robberies in the Houston area.

On July 11 around 1:30 p.m., a woman parked her vehicle in a parking lot at 7001 Long Drive in southeast Houston. When the woman got out of her vehicle to assist her child with the seat belt, a black Honda Accord pulled behind her and a man got out of the rear passenger-side door. The man opened the driver’s-side door and took the woman’s purse, police said. The man then got back inside the Accord and left the scene.

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On the same day, about 30 minutes later, police said a woman parked her vehicle at 10632 Kingspoint Road, also in southeast Houston, after getting a money order from a check-cashing business near Monroe Boulevard and I-45. The woman went into a nail salon for a few minutes and then returned to her vehicle. When she was getting into her vehicle, a black Honda Accord pulled up behind her and a man got out of the rear passenger-side door. The man approached her vehicle, broke a window and forcibly took her purse, according to police. The man then got back inside the Accord and left the scene.

The man who is seen on surveillance video is described as black, about 20-25 years old, about 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 6 inches tall, about 130-150 pounds and has a small build and was wearing a green hoodie.

WATCH: HPD bank jugging surveillance video – 7001 Long at 1:30 p.m.

Police say these incidents show how bank jugging suspects work together. In the surveillance video, you can see a white SUV pull into the parking lot at the same time as the Accord. They wait as the victim returns to her vehicle and then attack, according to police.

The same people are believed to be responsible for three other robberies, two of which happened on the same day as the ones described above:

  • July 11 at 12:15 p.m. at 1300 Gessner Road
  • July 11 at 3:27 p.m. at 6000 Scott Street
  • July 12 at 12:47 p.m. at 9700 Bellaire Blvd.

https://www.click2houston.com/news/repeat-offenders-responsible-for-recent-robberies-police-say