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Bail bonds are a highly regulated industry. With large amounts of money and personal freedoms at stake, it very well should be. Since individual states have jurisdiction over bail bonds, the laws regarding bail bondsman practices, such as solicitation, very from state to state.

In California, among other places, solicitation of bail bonds business has extremely rigid regulatory and statutory guidelines. For example, a bail bondsman can not solicit business within a jail or court house. To be specific, the law prohibits bail bondsmen from soliciting business from any inmate or incarcerated person.

Furthermore, bail bond agents are prevented from referring their clients to criminal defense attorneys in California. While criminal defense lawyers are legally prevented from referring clients to bail bondsmen. Most assume this law only applies if the referral is performed with the expectation of receiving compensation. However, California law prevents bail bondsman to lawyer referrals or vice versa even if no money changes hands.

These California anti referral and solicitation laws are designed to prevent client abuses at the hands of their trusted bondsman or lawyer. They in theory prevent consumers from being taken advantage of during the vulnerable time that is a criminal proceeding.

These laws are solidly in place and many have lost their own freedom and careers for violating them. Although, some question their merit. It is easy to conjure up scenarios where not giving a referral or advice on the choice of bail bondsman or lawyer could be counter productive to a person’s welfare. Not providing some assistance to a client that needs it, and may make a poor choice otherwise, can be far from beneficial as well.

A bail bondsman and attorney can both have a tremendous impact on the experience and relative success a defendant has after being arrested. As a professional, it seems counter intuitive to be prohibited from being able to give your client advice that may have a direct effect on their judicial process.

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Ask most bail agents about their business these days and you’ll find out some sobering news. They are facing laying off hard working people, many of them family members, as they scramble to cut costs during the great recession. They are unable to pay their bills. They face eviction, foreclosure and possibly bankruptcy. Many long time agents (this one included) have never seen anything like this before. The drop-off in business is staggering. Two publications in California have just run stories about this. The Times Herald and the Imperial Valley Press both tell similar stories.
It boils down to this: Our clients have been hit the hardest by this economic downturn. With their homes underwater, many are unable to collateralize or pay for a bond. I read recently that the unemployment rate for the bottom ten percent of taxpayers is an astonishing 30%.
In Los Angeles County, crime is way down. This blows holes in many social theories linking economic hardship to crime. These are indeed strange times we are living through.
http://www.timesheraldonline.com/opinion/ci_14403712
http://www.ivpressonline.com/articles/2010/02/02/local_news/news02.txt

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48 year old ex-teen heartthrob Leif Garrett was arrested in Los Angeles. Find out details and what happened next.

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A Bail Agent answers two burning questions: “What is your favorite Bail Bonds movie?” and “What is the most realistic Bail Bonds movie?”

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Martin Luther King Jr’s struggle against racism was aided by the bail agents willing to help out those incarcerated by the powers that be.

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Credit card kiosks have made their way into several California jails causing much concern to bail agents. As a result, the legality of placing credit cards kiosks in jails for the purposes of posting cash bail is being challenged. Some sheriffs are said to be receiving a portion of each transaction fee and in return are allowing the kiosk to be placed on jail premises. One of the primary concerns with these kiosks is the owner is operating as a bonding company by receiving compensation for facilitating the release of an offender from custody. Bail agents are prohibited from soliciting and advertising on jail premises and most certainly are prohibited from sharing their premiums with an unlicensed bail agent, in this case, the sheriff. These kiosks are popping up all over the country and can be found in Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Washington and, of course, California.

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In County of Los Angeles v. Safety National Casualty Corp., 2009 WL 3646895 (Cal.App. November 5, 2009) the defendant failed to appear, and the surety was granted an extension of the appearance period to return him. The surety moved to vacate the forfeiture and exonerate the bond on the grounds that the defendant had been deported and was barred from re-entering the United States. The trial court denied the motion and entered summary judgment against the surety. The surety appealed, but the Court of Appeal did not reach the merits of the surety’s argument. The Court found that the record in the case did not substantiate the facts on which the surety relied. The record contained an unsworn declaration and uncertified copies of some documents purportedly from Immigration and Customs Enforcement that the Court thought failed to establish the defendant was deported. The Court affirmed the trial court’s summary judgment against the surety.

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In the state of California, bail bond companies offer this service to assist people that land in jail. This agent can either be an individual or corporation that will act on behalf of the person accused of a criminal offense. The bondsman finances the amount set by the court as bail bond to effect the release of the defendant from law enforcment.

Many offenses require a large amount of bail money and not every person charged can afford to pay. This is the reason why the bail bond firms exist. They provide help when people are in dire need of cash right away so that they don’t have to stay in jail while waiting for their court trial.

Bail bonds serve as guarantee just in case the accused fails to appear in court. The bail bond money is non-refundable.

The good thing about choosing bail bonds is that the money can be secured round the clock, every day of the week. This is possible as most bondsman are always on call when it’s past the regular working hours.

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A sixth suspect has been arrested in connection with the burglaries of Lindsay Lohan and Audrina Patridge’s Los Angeles homes.

The Mean Girls actress’ house was broken into in August (09), while TheHills star Patridge’s property was targeted in a similar crime in February (09).

According to Tmz.com, 27-year-old Roy Lopez, a bouncer at a bar in Calabasas, California was arrested on felony burglary charges on Thursday (22Oct09).

Lopez’ bail has been set at $50,000 (Gbp333,330).

He joins accused teens Diana Tamayo, Courtney Ames and Alexis Neirs, asthe latest suspect in the incident.

The trio were also arrested in California on felony burglary charges on Thursday night (22Oct09).

Ames and Neirs were subsequently released from Van Nuys jail after posting $50,000 (Gbp333,330) bail – and immediately denied any wrongdoing.

Two other suspects – Rachel Lee, 19, and Nicholas Prugo, 18 – have alsobeen held over the burglaries.

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Lee was arrested on Thursday in Clark County, Nevada for possession of stolen property and remains in custody with bail set at $3,000 (Gbp2,000).

Prugo was seized in September (09) on suspicion of burgling Lohan’s home and masterminding the Patridge raid.

He is currently free on $20,000 (Gbp13,300) bail, and is due in court on 11 November (09).

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Teen Girls Busted Over Burglary Spree in the Hollywood Hills

Four teenage girls and a man are in custody, accused of carrying out a string of burglaries in Hollywood, Calif., targeting celebrities including Lindsay Lohan, Orlando Bloom and Audrina Patridge.

“The Hills” star released surveillance video of her home being robbed.The five people were all arrested Thursday and booked on charges of residential burglary, with bail set at $50,000 each, according to a statement from the Los Angeles Police Department.

Rachel Lee, 18, was arrested in Las Vegas, while Courtney Ames and Alexis Neiers, both 18; Diana Tamayo, 19; and Roy Lopez Jr., 27, were arrested in the Los Angeles area, police said.

Lee, Neiers and Ames have all posted bail, police in Los Angeles and Las Vegas told ABC News.

Investigators carrying out search warrants in the case recovered numerous items of property “stolen during a series of burglaries committed at the residences of well known celebrities,” according to an LAPD statement.

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ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV and other media reported that the victims of the so-called “Hollywood Hills Burglars” included Lohan, Bloom and Partridge.

Surveillance cameras captured images of two suspects wearing caps and masks outside Lohan’s now former home.

Another man, Nicholas Prugo, 18, was charged Tuesday with two counts of residential burglary in connection with break-ins at the homes of Lohan and Patridge, KABC-TV reported. He is scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 11.

LAPD spokeswoman Rosario Herrera told The Associated Press that she didn’t know whether the suspects have any links to Prugo, who allegedly stole $170,000 worth of designer jewelry and clothes from Lohan and Patridge.

Bloom was allegedly robbed of close to $500,000 worth of jewelry and cash during a burglary in July, while Patridge, one of the stars of “The Hills,” designer jewelry, handbags, clothes and much more stolen from her home, the TV station reported.
As reported from ABC News

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