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Archives: January 2016

Getting arrested is an experience that no one wants to go through but unfortunately it can happen to the best of us. Going through the necessary court procedures can be frustrating and sometimes you can feel like you have been dealt with unfairly, especially when it comes to the judge that is assigned to your case. Judges are responsible for setting the amount of the bail. Ajua Bail Bonds is here to assist you during this difficult time and get you out on bail so you can properly prepare to stand before the judge. There have been many cases throughout history where a judge has set an insanely high bail and we would like to share some of those cases with you.
 

Bail Bond Amount for Bernard “Bernie” Madoff

Bernie Madoff was accused of operating a fifty billion dollar scheme which defrauded thousands of investors. It is curious to find that most white collared crimes tend to be on the higher end of the bail scale. Even stranger about white collared crimes is that the judges seem to pull these numbers out of a magic hat, coming up with outlandish amounts that make no sense at all. In this case however, the judge set Mr. Madoff’s bail at a reasonable $10 million, which Mr. Madoff paid, and the judge then revoked stating that Bernie Madoff was a flight risk due to his wealth.
 

Raj Rajaratnam Bail Bond Amount

Raj Rajaratnam was charged with 14 counts of conspiracy and 7 counts of securities fraud. He faced criminal charges for a $20 million trading scheme and the judge of this case set Mr. Rajaratnam bail at $100 million. He was found guilty on all charges and was sentenced to eleven years in prison and fined a criminal and civil penalty for over $150 million combined. Before being convicted, Raj Rajaratnam’s hedge fund was valued at $3.7 billion, so he could have easily paid his bail, but he chose not to.
 

Bail Bond Amount for Kim Freeman

Kim Freeman is a woman who was arrested in Columbus Ohio for running a brothel. The assistant prosecutor of the case argued that Kim Freeman would flee the county if she could post bail because Freeman and three others involved in the case were from Asia and had many connections to get out of the county. The judge obviously took the assistant prosecutors input into consideration because a bail of $100 billion dollars was set for Kim Freeman. These are all extreme cases where many believe the judges may have gone a bit overboard.
 

If you find yourself, a family member or loved one in need of posting bail in Fresno, Atwater, Merced, Selma, Visalia, Hanford and Madera and the Central Valley of California, contact Ajua Bail Bonds today.

If you have been accused of committing a crime and sent to jail, bail is an option to take to get you out of jail and allow you to properly prepare to face the judge. Bail bonds are a great asset to those who require time to hire an attorney and prepare their case to avoid further incarceration. Bail bonds have not always been available and back in the day if you were accused of a crime in medieval England the punishment was usually water torture or being burned at the stake. In those days there was a great deal of “no shows”, which is completely understandable considering the common outcome.

Early Release from Jail

In the early days of our country, crime became a regular and insurmountable problem to deal with without proper procedures in place. Local law enforcement had a difficult time keeping criminals locked up until trial because there was no magistrate in the town and it would be a month or sometimes longer before a judge would hold court. There wasn’t enough room to always hold vandals, poachers and traitors. The decision of who to release until trial was upon the local sheriff. In some unfortunate circumstances, local sheriffs could be paid off by the criminal to avoid staying in jail until trial, in most cases never returning to be properly and lawfully tried.

Bail Reform Act of 1984

In today’s society we have a more stabilized and reliable bail system that keeps most criminals responsible for returning after bail has been posted. The bail reform act of 1984 was passed that helped judges decide whether or not to allow the potential criminal to be released on bail. These points included whether or not the person poses a risk to the community, if they could potentially threaten or intimidate jurors or witnesses, or if they have the potential to commit serious violent or drug related crimes. Any of these would prevent the option of bail from being posted.

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We are lucky to live in a society today where if you are accused of a crime, you are given the opportunity to be released from jail as you await your day in court. This is a much better option than those who went before us were given; which was water torture or being burned at the stake! If you or a loved one has been accused of a crime and wish to be released from jail as you await your court date, contact Ajua Bail Bonds today.

The case of Tonya Couch, the mother of “affluenza” teen, Ethan Couch has caught the fascination of the nation and with her recent release from jail on Tuesday January 12th, 2016, both the media and the general public continue to be caught up in the court of public opinion.
 

Release from Jail after Bail Bond was Reduced

The release of Tonya Couch comes one day after Tarrant County Judge Wayne Salvant agreed to lower her bond from the original posting of $1 million to $75,000. Still considered a flight risk, Judge Salvant also issued that she wear an electronic ankle monitor as part of her bond agreement.
 

Bail Bond Conditions

Texan authorities have accused Tonya Couch of aiding her son in leaving the country in order to avoid a probation hearing that could potentially lead to jail time. According to an arrest affidavit, Tonya Couch withdrew $30,000 from an account before fleeing with her son to Mexico and allegedly telling her husband that he would never see her or their son again. In December 2015, she was formally charged by Texan prosecutors with hindering the apprehension of a felon after she and her son were detained by Mexican authorities in the resort town of Puerto Vallarta during an extensive FBI manhunt.
 
Along with the lowered bond and the electronic ankle monitor, Judge Wayne Salvant issued several other bond conditions including:
• Report to legal authorities on a weekly basis
• Reside in Tarrant County under the supervision of her 29 year old son and his family
• Abstain from using controlled substances or alcohol
• Undergo mandatory drug testing
• Be placed under 24-hour home confinement excluding Doctor and Lawyer visits
• Not to possess or transport any firearms or weapons
• Pay a monthly supervision fee or $60.00
• Avoid “bad actors
 
Because of the sensitive nature of the case, Judge Wayne Salvant issued a gag order essentially forbidding any lawyers involved in the case from communicating with the media. Tarrant County Magistrate Judge Matt King previously added to speculation surrounding the case when he ordered Tonya Couch to undergo a mental exam after the court found an issue of “reasonable cause” to suggest that she suffers from a “mental illness” or is a “person with a mental retardation”. Judge Kings’ order was issued the previous Friday and must be completed within a 30 day time frame. The exam will offer a determination as to whether there is sufficient clinical evidence to support an argument that Tonya Couch may be mentally incompetent to stand trial.
 

If you or a Loved One has Been Arrested in Fresno, Atwater, Merced, Selma, Visalia, Hanford and Madera and the Central Valley of California, call Ajua Bail Bonds for Quick Bail Service to Get you out of Jail Fast!

While this is a high profile case that has received a lot of attention in the last few months, it can be truthfully stated that ordinary people are arrested every day and you may find that you or a loved one requires the services of a bail bond agent to help you post bail. If you have been arrested in the Central Valley of California, contact the bail bondsmen at Ajua Bail Bonds for 24/7 expert advice on California bail bonds. We understand the California Judicial system and we are available to offer assistance to the family and friends left to deal with the difficult time of coping with the arrest of their loved one. We provide fast, reliable and confidential services when it comes to getting your family member released. Contact us today and speak with a professional bail bond agent about the arrest of you or your loved one.

When you have been arrested, the first thing you are probably thinking about is when can I get out! You probably don’t even make it to the jail before you decide who you are going to call and ask to help bail you out. The process is the same no matter what you do to get arrested. The process can be different as an experience for each person but no matter the crime you have to go through the same process that everyone else does. The problem is that most inmates are anxious to get out and it can be hard to understand what it is you are even waiting for.
 

Ajua Bail Bonds has a list of what has to happen before you can get bailed out of jail.

The Bail Bond Process Takes Time!

The first thing that most people want to know is how long this will take. The problem is that there is no way to tell since the amount of people that are being processed fluctuates all day and night. If the night is slow, your process will be able to go much quicker. If it is a busy night it may take more time. The staff at the jail wants to process everyone and get them moved to where they are going as quickly as possible so remain calm and just wait your turn. Bad behavior in jail can lead to you receiving more charges and will hold up your processing; in turn taking longer.
 

When Can a Bondsman Post Bail

The next step is when a bondsman can post bail for you. First things first. You will be responsible for contacting a loved one or relative that is willing to meet with the bondsman and sign documents agreeing to be responsible for the bail on your behalf. That person can call the bondsman they choose and work with them to get the information needed to post the bail and get you out of jail as soon as possible. The bondsman cannot do their part of the bail until the person in jail has been processed and many times seen a judge to determine the amount that will be required to post the bail. Once the bail amount determination has been set, the bondsman can make the arrangement with the jail to pay the fee that is required. This is when you will be able to get your belongings and get out on your own.
 

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This does NOT mean that you are done in any way with the charges that you have been issued and charged with. If you have to bail out of jail it means that a court date for a later time has been set and you do NOT want to miss it. If you do the bondsman can revoke the bail and have you back behind bars in no time at all. Be sure to follow up with your bondsman and keep a calendar of any check-in dates or court dates that you are required to attend.

DUI’s are an unfortunate part of drinking and partying. Too many don’t think rationally and will get behind the wheel after too much alcohol, or extremely too much.
 

Ajua Bail Bonds would like to share some DUI facts in the hopes you understand what you might be risking after you try to drive after alcohol consumption.

1. Every 30 minutes a person is killed due to drunk driving.
2. In almost 50% of driving fatalities, alcohol is present.
3. Alcohol related accidents are 5 times more likely to occur in the evening hours.
4. DUI convictions happen to 2/3 of people with their first offense.
5. Most folks believe New Year’s Eve is the holiday where most DUI situations are issued, but in fact, Thanksgiving is the most abundant holiday for DUI offenders.
6. Most DUI’s are issued during the holidays. Better to avoid driving if you can help it.
7. Coffee isn’t a sobering remedy. Even drinking a hot cup of Joe will not keep the effects of alcohol away. All it could do for you is give you a caffeine jolt to keep you awake while still drunk.
8. Teenage drivers are more likely willing to drive drunk.
9. A common misconception is heavier people can consume more alcohol, which entirely untrue. Any person can drink more alcohol if there belly is full of food. Food will absorb more alcohol.
10. Time is the only remedy for sobering up, there are no real remedies that can help one quickly overcome the effects of drinking alcohol.
11. On a rough estimate, 1 in every 10 Americans will be involved in an alcohol related accident at some point in their life.
12. According to the law in all 50 U.S. states, a driver is considered to be legally drunk when his or her blood alcohol content (BAC) level is at or above .08 grams per deciliter or g/dL.
13. To reach a BAC level of .08 g/dL, a man weighing approximately 170 pounds would need to drink four standard drinks in one hour on an empty stomach. A woman weighing about 140 pounds would need to consume three drinks in one hour.
14. When your BAC level is .08, it takes approximately 6 hours for the alcohol to work its way out of your system.
15. Close to 75% of alcohol related deaths are also those not wearing a seat belt.
 

Signs of an Impaired or Drunk Driver:

• Driver is making wide turns.
• Driving in the center of the road.
• Nearly colliding with other vehicles or objects in the road.
• Weaving and swerving excessively.
• Driving other surfaces besides roads.
• Turning illegally or without warning.
• Driving under 10 mph the posted speed limit.
• Inappropriate or sudden stops or braking erratically.
• Following too closely.
• Driving on the wrong side of the road.
• Slow response time.
• Driving in the dark with no head lights.
 
If you should spot a drunk driver, get the license plate, make, model and color of the vehicle. If you can, pull over and notify authorities of your suspicions and be sure to give them your location as this could save someone’s life.
 

If you or your family member got arrested for a DUI, or any other offense in Fresno, Atwater, Merced, Selma, Visalia, Hanford and Madera and the Central Valley of California, Ajua Bail Bonds can help you post bail so you can better prepare yourself for your defense. Contact us to get out of jail fast!

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