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February 20, 2011

Affordable Bails New York Inc. located in Central Islip Suffolk County New York posting bails in Central Islip and Riverhead and all Suffolk county courts brings you an interesting article on how to open a bail bond company.

How to Open a Bail Bond Company

  • Overview

Bail bonds companies help defendants to gain release from jail while they await their trials. They charge defendants for this service, and in many places, the typical fee is 10 percent of the bail set by the court. The bonding company is then responsible for paying the defendant's entire bail, or tracking him down and turning him in, if he fails to show up for court. Bail bonding can be a lucrative business to start, but many states require bail bonding businessmen to earn licensing before they get started.

Step 1

Learn the laws that govern bail bondsman licensing  located in Central Islip Suffolk County New York   New York. The department of insurance for bail bond agents located in Central Islip Suffolk County New York  require bail bondsmen to be licensed, and the process of earning a license may vary from State to State. Bail bonds services are not even allowed in some jurisdictions. You can learn the licensing requirements in your state by checking with your state's department of insurance, the local criminal court or even the sheriff's office.

  • Step 2

Meet the criteria for becoming a bail bondsman. Each state has unique licensing prerequisites for bail bonds men located in Central Islip Suffolk County New York . For example, you may face minimum age requirements and have to complete a training or classroom education program. You may also be subject to a background check and fingerprinting. Some states even require aspiring bail bondsman to become private detectives and have experience in law enforcement.

 

 

  • Step 3

Apply for a bail bondsman license. In most states, you will have to complete an application with your state's department of insurance and pay a fee to obtain licensing.

  • Step 4

Obtain a business license. Many cities and towns make business licensing a requirement for all parties doing business in the jurisdiction. You will typically have to pay a fee and fill out an application to secure a business license.

  • Step 5

Get bonded and insured. This involves paying a premium to an insurance or bonding company as a guarantee that you will perform your work properly. You can learn the exact requirements for bonding and insurance through your state's department of insurance.

  • Step 6

Choose a good location for your bail bond company. You may improve your chances of being successful in this business by securing commercial space near a jail or courthouse, in a major city or in a high-traffic area. Being close to highways or public transportation may help as well.

  • Step 7

Advertise your business. Place ads in local telephone directories and newspapers, and pass out fliers near jails in the area. If your state department of insurance or local criminal court maintains a list of bail bonding companies, have your company information added to it. Creating a business website and using keywords related to bail bonding and your town or city may also give your business more visibility. 

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February 11, 2011

Affordable Bails New York inc. and its Suffolk County Central Islip office bring you a guide to our

most frequently asked questions as bail bond agents.

 

What Is Bail?

The term Bail is used in several distinct senses: (1) It may mean the security­ cash or bond­ given for the appearance of the prisoner. (2) It may mean the bondsman (i.e., the person who acts as surety for the defendant`s appearance, and into whose custody the defendant is released). (3) As a verb, it may refer to the release of the defendant (he was bailed out). The first meaning is the most common and should be employed for clarity. Admission to bail is the order of a competent court that the defendant be discharged from actual custody upon bail. The discharge on bail is accomplished by the taking of bail (i.e., the acceptance by the court or magistrate of security either an undertaking or deposit ­for the appearance of the defendant before a court for some part of the criminal proceeding). Bail is evidenced by a bond or recognizance, which ordinarily becomes a record of the court. The bond is in the nature of a contract between the state on one side and the defendant and his sureties on the other. The agreement basically is that the state will release the defendant from custody the sureties will undertake that the defendant will appear at a specified time and place to answer the charge made against him. If the defendant fails to appear, the sureties become the absolute debtor of the state for the amount of the bond. In the Suffolk County courts in Central Islip New York most judges in two forms. The first number which is usually higher is the insurance company bond the second is the cash alternative.

 

How Much Does A Bail Bond Cost?

 

Federal Courts

15% of the bond amount

Immigration Bond

20% of the bond amount

State Courts

Anywhere between 6.25% and 10% of the bond amount, depending on the state in which you live. Suffolk County courts in Central Islip New York state these are the rates.

Sample cost breakdown for a $10,000 bond:

 

Federal

$1,500

Immigration

$2,000

State Courts

$860.00

 

   

 

When Talking About Bail, What Do You Mean By The Term Undertaking?

An undertaking is a permissible type of bail security. The taking of bail consists of a competent court in Suffolk County courts in Central Islip New York accepting an undertaking of sufficient security for the appearance of the defendant, according to the terms, or the surety will pay a specified sum to the state. Corporate sureties are commonly used, and the Suffolk County courts in Central Islip New York will accept an admitted surety insurer`s bail bond if executed by the insurer`s licensed bail agent and issued in the insurer`s name by an authorized person.

 

 

Must You Always Use A Bail Bondsman?

The defendant, or any other person, may deposit the sum mentioned in the bail order or bail schedule. Cash is accepted, and it is the practice for the  Suffolk County courts in Central Islip New York is to adopt a written policy permitting acceptance of checks or money orders, upon conditions that tend to assure their validity, in payment of bail deposits. Some courts have a maximum amount over which a personal check will not be accepted. Depending upon the jurisdiction, government bonds may be accepted.

 

 

What If Someone Believes That The Money To Be Used To Bail Someone Out Is The Product Of Criminal Activity?

The judge or a magistrate may stay the release of a defendant if a peace officer or prosecutor files a sworn declaration demonstrating probable cause to believe the source of the consideration, etc. was feloniously obtained, or the judge or magistrate has probable cause to believe the source was feloniously obtained. If probably cause exists, the defendant then bears the burden by a preponderance of evidence to prove that no part of the source was so obtained. A defendant who prevails must be released on issuance of a bail bond as specified in the Suffolk County courts in Central Islip New York.

 

What Is The Purpose Of Bail?

The purpose of bail is to assure the attendance of the defendant, when his or her presence is required in the Suffolk County courts in Central Islip New York, whether before or after conviction. Bail is not a means of punishing a defendant, nor there a suggestion of revenue to the government.

 

Is Bail A Matter Of Right?

Although the right to bail has constitutional recognition in the prohibition against excessive bail, bail is not always a matter of right. However, with certain exceptions a defendant charged with a criminal offense shall be released on bail. Persons charged with capital crimes when the facts are evident or the presumption great, are excepted from the right to release on bail. However, a defendant charged with a capital crime is entitled to a bail hearing in the trial court to determine whether the facts are evident or the presumption great. A crime is a capital offense if the statute makes it potentially punishable by death, even if the prosecutor has agreed not to seek the death penalty. It is presumed that the risk of flight of the defendant is great when he or she is facing death or life in prison without the possibility of parole.

 

Is The Public Safety Considered In The Decision To Admit A Defendant To Bail, Or To Deny Bail?

Bail can be denied in certain non­capital cases based upon a finding of substantial likelihood of harm to others. When the facts are evident or the presumption great, bail may be denied in the following instances; in felony cases involving acts of violence, or felony sexual assault offenses on another person, if the court finds on clear and convincing evidence that there is a substantial likelihood that the release of the accused would result in great bodily harm to others. In a felony case, if the Suffolk County courts in Central Islip New York finds on clear and convincing evidence that the accused has threatened another with great bodily harm, and that there is a substantial likelihood that the accused would carry out the threat if released. The requirement of findings based on clear and convincing evidence implies that a hearing will be held on the issue. There the existence of a substantial likelihood of harm must be determined on the basis of the specific circumstances of the case. The decision to grant or deny bail is subject to review on petition by the defendant.

 

What Is Considered By The Court In Fixing The Amount Of The Bail?

The amount of the bail is primarily within the discretion of the judge or magistrate in the Suffolk County courts in Central Islip New York, with only two general limitations: First: The purpose of bail is not to punish, but only to secure the appearance of the defendant, and it should be fixed with that in mind. Second: Excessive bail, not warranted by the circumstances is not only improper but a violation of constitutional rights. In fixing the amount of the bail, the court takes into consideration the seriousness of the charge, the defendant`s previous criminal record, and the probability of the defendant appearing at the trial or hearing. Additionally, if public safety is an issue, the court may make an inquiry where it may consider allegations of injury to the victim, threats to the victim or a witness, the use of a deadly weapon, and the defendant`s use or possession of controlled substances. A judge or magistrate in the Suffolk County courts in Central Islip New York setting bail in other than a scheduled or usual amount must state on the record the reasons and address the issue of threats made against a victim or a witness. The court must also consider evidence offered by the detained person regarding ties to the community and ability to post bond.

 

Does The Bail Bond Continue Forever, Can You Get It Back?

When the bail has served its purpose, the surety will be exonerated (i.e., released from the obligation). Exoneration normally occurs when the proceeding is terminated in some way or on the return of the defendant to custody. After conviction, the defendant appears for sentence. If sentenced to imprisonment the defendant is committed to the custody of the sheriff, and the liability of the surety terminates.

 

What If The Defendant Absconds?

The surety or depositor may arrest the defendant, or authorize and agent to do so for the purpose of surrendering him into custody to ensure his future appearance. This extraordinary power of the bail bondsman is of ancient origin. When bail is given, the principal is regarded as delivered to the custody of his sureties. Their dominion is a continuance of the original imprisonment. Whenever they choose to do so, they may seize him and deliver him up in their discharge, and if that cannot be done at once, they may imprison him until it can be done. They may exercise their rights in person or by agent. They may pursue him into another state; may arrest him on the Sabbath; and if necessary, may break and enter his house for that purpose. The seizure is not made by virtue of new process. None is needed; it is likened to the re­arrest by the sheriff of an escaping prisoner. The following may be authorized to arrest a bail fugitive: A certified law enforcement officer. A person licensed by the State to do so (i.e., holding a bail license in another state and authorized in writing by the bail or depositor to make the arrest). A person contracted and authorized in writing by the bail or depositor to do so, Bail Fugitive Recovery Person. A private investigator or persons doing the foregoing have been called bounty hunters, yet the term does not fit the facts of today`s world, they are acting under contract

 

IN What Instances Will The Bail Be Forfeited?

A judge in the Suffolk County courts in Central Islip New York must in open court declare forfeited the undertaking of bail, or the money or property deposited as bail, if, without sufficient excuse, a defendant fails to appear for any of the following: (a) arraignment, (b) trial, (c) judgment, (d) any occasion prior to the pronouncement of judgment if the defendant`s presence in court is lawfully required, or if the defendant fails to surrender in execution of the judgment after appeal.

 

If The Defendant Does Not Appear And The Court Orders Forfeiture, Can It Be Set Aside If He Later Appears?

A Suffolk County courts in Central Islip New York  will sometimes order bail forfeited on the defendant`s nonappearance, then vacate the forfeiture to reinstate the bail when the defendant appears and offers an explanation for the absence. Some instances of this would be the nonappearance because of death, illness, or insanity, or detention by civil or military authorities, and if the absence was not with the connivance of the bail (acquiescence of the bonding company to the absence). An example of illness would be where the defendant is confined to bed by reason of a doctor`s order. If a defendant flees and the prosecuting agency does not seek extradition the bail may be exonerated.

 

When Can A Court Order A Recommitment?

Despite prior admission to bail the trial court in  Suffolk County courts in Central Islip New York may recommit the defendant to custody in several situations; when the defendant has failed to appear and bail has been forfeited, when the court determines that the surety is dead, insufficient, or has left the state, failure to give bail in an increased amount when ordered, or when the trial has commenced and the judge orders the defendant committed to custody. The right to bail may be terminated at the time of trial in the discretion of the trial judge. The order for recommitment must recite the facts and direct the defendant`s arrest and commitment to custody. If the ground cited is for an offense other than failure to appear for judgment upon conviction and the offense is bail able, the court may fix bail and admit the defendant to bail in the sum fixed.

 

If The Defendant Has Absconded, What Must The Bail Fugitive Recovery Person Be Able To Show? Is That Person A Bounty Hunter?

That he possesses the authority to arrest by virtue of satisfying any licensure requirements a state may impose upon such a person. Additionally, he or she must have in their possession proper documentation of authority to apprehend issued by the bail or depositor, which shall include the name of the individual authorized to apprehend the bail fugitive, the address of the principal office, the name and business address of the bail agency, or other party contracting with the individual authorized to apprehend a bail fugitive. In a historical sense they are a bounty hunter as they generally are contracted to do this and are remunerated for their services by the bail agency or other contracting party. The bounty hunters of old are not the bail fugitive recovery persons of today. Some jurisdictions require significant training and licensure of persons engaged in the recovery of bail absconders.

 

What If The Underlying Criminal Charge For Which Bail Was Granted Is Dismissed?

Statutes provide for exoneration of the surety in the event of dismissal. However, there is usually a time period within which the prosecuting agency may seek to re-­arrest and charge with a public offense arising out of the same act or omission upon which the action or proceeding was based.

 

What About Release On One's Own Recognizance?

A defendant may be released from custody under his own recognizance if he files with the Suffolk County courts in Central Islip New York or other authorized person a signed release agreement. The agreement must generally include the following: a promise by the defendant to appear at all times and places, as ordered by the court, magistrate, or other person authorized to release the defendant, and as ordered by any court in which, or any magistrate before whom, the charge is subsequently pending; a promise by the defendant not to leave the state without leave of the court; an agreement by the defendant to waive extradition if he fails to appear as is required and is apprehended outside of the state; and an acknowledgement of the defendant that he has been informed of the consequences and penalties applicable to violation of the conditions of release. A trial court`s discretion to impose additional conditions is limited to conditions which are reasonably related to and attempt to insure subsequent court appearances.

 

When Can Bail Be Increased?

After a defendant has been released, the Suffolk County courts in Central Islip New York in which the charge is pending may require him to give additional bail in an amount specified or to meet an additional condition upon a finding made in open court that the defendant has failed to appear; or that additional facts have been presented that were not shown at the time of the original release order, and the court may order him to commitment unless he or she gives such bail or meets such other conditions.

 

 

What Else May Happen When A Defendant Fails To Appear?

The Suffolk County courts in Central Islip New York may issue a bench warrant for his apprehension and arrest for the failure to appear upon the underlying charge, which would thus be a separate triable offense, separate and distinct from the original charge. The appropriate agency will enter each bench warrant issued on a private surety ­bonded felony case into the national warrant system, the National Crime Information Center (NCIC).

 

What Is An Immigration Bond?

An immigration bond issued for delivery of an alien guarantees that the individual will appear for all I.N.S. hearings on time and depart the United States at a specified date. An immigration bond conditioned for maintenance of an alien, guarantees that the person will be financially independent during the time he/she is in the United States.

 

 

What Is A Bail Bond Indemnitor?

A bail bond indemnitor is the co­signer for the bail bond. The indemnitor is responsible for seeing that all premiums are paid for a defendant`s bail bond. Bail bonds are normally good for one year. If the case continues for longer than a year, additional premiums will be due and collected for each year the case goes on. Bail bond premiums are not refundable, as they are used for the bail agent`s expenses, etc. The indemnitor is also responsible for additional expenses incurred by the bail agent in the transaction of a bail bond, such as long distance calls, travel, etc. An indemnitor is no longer liable for the defendent`s bond when the defendant has completes all of his/her court appearances, and when all premiums have been paid. It is best to contact the bail agent when the bond is exonerated by the court, for the expedient return of any collateral pledged and to confirm that the bond is exonerated. In the event of forfeiture, the indemnitor is liable until the full amount of the bail has been paid, plus any expenses incurred, or until the court exonerates the bond. The bond then becomes void.

 

How Does The Bail Process Work?

When an individual is arrested for a crime in most states, that person will be taken to a law enforcement center for booking prior to incarceration. Once arrested and booked, the defendant has several options for release pending the conclusion of the criminal case. The bail system is designed to guarantee the appearance of a criminal defendant in court as directed.

 

 

 

  

Published in Bail In The News!
Friday, 04 February 2011 14:28

HISTORY OF A BOUNTY HUNTER

HISTORY OF A BOUNTY HUNTER

February 4, 2011

Affordable Bails of New York  with offices in Suffolk county located in Central  Islip provides you with this interesting article about

bail bond agents and how bail recovery work really works. 

I was young when I got started as a bail recovery agent. I had just turned 23 and recently been honorably discharged from the Army. I was working as an EMT for an ambulance service in Oklahoma City, and I needed a second job to earn a living wage. It was 2004, and the TV show 'Dog the Bounty Hunter' was just starting to become popular. While watching an episode, I thought to myself, "I could do that." So I set out to become a bounty hunter -- or bail recovery agent, as it is properly referred.

After doing a little research I discovered that most states require bail recovery agents to be licensed bail bondsmen. Two of the states that didn't have such restrictions were Oklahoma, the state I was desperately trying to escape from, and Arizona, the state I had always wanted to move to.

Bail recovery is a very difficult business to break into. Bail bondsmen usually work with tight-knit groups of agents, and proving that you are up to the task and not just another 'Dog the Bounty Hunter' fan is quite difficult.

As an interesting side note: Dog is not actually a bounty hunter; he is a convicted felon and is legally forbidden from being a registered bail recovery agent. This is why when you watch the show, you'll never see Dog actually place the fugitive under arrest, nor carry a gun. Hence, the pepper spray guns he carries.

My first bounty came to me out of the blue, from a bondsman that I had never met before, by the name of Blacky Blackshear out of Colorado. The name sounded fake, like something out of a bad western movie. At first I thought someone was playing a prank on me. But when the fax with the bench warrant came through, I knew the job was for real.

The bounty's name was Roger. Roger was wanted in Colorado for a domestic assault charge and was reportedly staying in Arizona with his mother. Earlier in the week, Blacky had been in Tucson to arrest Roger. When Roger saw him approaching, he ran, causing both of them to get injured and allowing Roger to get away.

Blacky was fed up and wanted someone else deal with Roger, so he called me. I tried to play it cool and pretend that I was a seasoned professional, when in reality I could hardly contain my excitement. I realized immediately that if I wanted the job there were a couple of hurdles I'd have to overcome. First was the fact that I was broke and therefore stuck in Oklahoma. I told Blacky to give me a few days to check the situation out, after which I'd give him a ring.

Though it was my first assignment as a bondsman, I knew I had skills that would help me. My years of working as an EMT had taught me how to deal with people in a manner that greatly diminished the chances of a situation turning violent. I have found, after years on the job, that I can often get people to agree to most requests just by talking to them. If I wanted to, I'm sure I could be a great salesman.

I made a couple of failed attempts to contact Roger by phone. Each time I either got voicemail or his mother, who would repeatedly tell me that Roger wasn't there. During one of my calls I could actually hear Roger talking in the background. It finally hit me. I already had an in and hadn't realized it. Roger's mother was an elderly woman and it was obvious that they had a very strong relationship.

So the next time I called, I didn't ask for Roger, but spoke to her. She told me how the domestic assault charges were really the actions of a jealous ex who was upset with Roger for breaking up with her. She broke down and began crying when the conversation shifted to Roger's encounter with Blacky. She said that he came home cut up and bleeding and told her that someone had chased him through back yards and side streets. She knew that I was coming to arrest her son, and couldn't bear the idea of seeing someone putting her son in handcuffs.

I never mentioned that I was still in Oklahoma. After a little more persuasion, I finally got her to agree to convince Roger to talk to me. She told me he wasn't home, but to call back in a couple of hours when he was and she would make sure that he spoke to me.

I made the phone call, not sure if Roger was actually going to be there, or if he was going to burn me and disappear while he still could. A kind "hello" from a male voice on the other end of the line, greeted me. A wave of adrenaline flashed through my body.

"Roger?" I said, trying to remain professional.

"Speaking."

"My name is Topher Jones. I am a bail recovery agent and I need to talk to you about the warrant for your arrest in Colorado."

He was decent enough to honor his mother's and my agreement, so I decided not to insult him by beating around the bush. As we spoke, I could tell that Roger was a rather decent individual who really did want to do the right thing. After talking to him a little longer, I got him to agree to turn himself in. Again, the issue of my location was a problem, but only a minor one. I bought him a greyhound ticket to Colorado and he agreed to show up.

The next day, I was contacted by a guy named Jon who was interested in getting into bail recovery. He told me he was willing to volunteer his time, so I asked him to watch Roger and make sure he didn't try to run.

 

The day of Roger's bus trip came and I called to make sure that he was going to be on time. The phone rang and rang and nobody answered. Panicked thoughts raced through my head. Had he burned me? Did he skip out in the middle of the night? I called Jon who said that he had been sitting on the house all night and hadn't seen anything. I called again. The "ring-ring" through the receiver seemed to take forever.

Finally, Roger answered. He was just getting ready to walk out the door to go to the station. He thanked me for letting him have a day to say goodbye to his family and we hung up.

Roger got on the bus as agreed. I had forwarded his travel itinerary on to Blacky, who decided to meet the bus two stops early to arrest him. And my first case was successfully closed.

 

Since that first case, I have caught 173 fugitives, and the lessons learned with Roger have been with me ever since. In my time as a bail recovery agent, I rarely have to chase a fugitive. I find that talking will usually resolve the situation. I've spoken to Roger several times since his case and he is doing very well. I realized that when dealing with him, I unintentionally offered him a way to change his life. Instead of forcing him to do something. I offered him the opportunity to choose to do the right thing.

I now know that while some use brute force and testosterone-fueled attempts, in order to impose authority that they don't have, calmer heads usually prevail.

Lessons in bail recover brought to you by Affordable Bails New York Inc.

  

Published in Bail In The News!
Monday, 24 January 2011 05:49

MAFIA BOSSES ARRESTED

Affordable Bails of New York  with offices in Suffolk county located in Central  Islip provides you with this interesting article  about the arrest of numerous alleged

organized crime figures in Suffolk County.

Reuters) - Authorities arrested 119 organized crime suspects on Thursday in what the FBI called the largest single-day operation against the Mafia in history.

The roundup, conducted with the help of former mobsters turned informants, shows the Mafia remains a threat despite decades of crackdowns that have sent its hierarchies to prison but also that the famed "omerta" code of silence is largely a myth, officials said.

More than 800 federal and local law-enforcement officials detained suspects in at least four states plus one in Italy, targeting New York's five Mafia "families," one in New Jersey and one in New England.

Sixteen grand jury indictments charged 127 suspects with murder, drug trafficking, extortion, gambling, loan-sharking and other crimes going back 30 years, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told a news conference in New York.

Five of those indicted were already in prison, putting the total number detained at 124, and three others were not in custody, the Justice Department said.

The Italian-American Mafia, also known as La Cosa Nostra with its roots in Sicily, maintains a hold on American popular culture thanks to decades of movies and television shows including "The Godfather" in 1972.

Some of the suspects were known by colorful nicknames typical of the Mafia such as "Tony Bagels," "Vinny Carwash" and "Junior Lollipops," according to the indictments.

But Holder called them "among the most dangerous criminals in our country."

"Some allegations involve classic mob hits to eliminate perceived rivals. Others involve senseless murders. In one instance, a victim allegedly was shot and killed during a botched robbery attempt. And two other murder victims allegedly were shot dead in a public bar because of a dispute over a spilled drink," Holder said.

The FBI said it worked with the Italian National Police to apprehend and charge one suspect in Italy.

STRENGTH OF MOB DISPUTED

Janice Fedarcyk, assistant director in charge of the FBI's New York Division, sought to dispel the notion that the Mafia had been debilitated or was less violent than in the past.

"Arresting and convicting the hierarchies of the five families several times over has not eradicated the problem," Fedarcyk said.

New York-based criminal defense attorney Bruce Barket disputed that claim, saying much of the strength of La Cosa Nostra was eliminated long ago and has been replaced by others such as Albanian and Russian organizations.

"Privately, law enforcement officials will tell you there isn't anybody left," Barket said. "Many of today's arrests are of older mobsters for crimes committed a long time ago."

Among those charged in New York were leaders of the Colombo and Gambino families including the Colombo street boss Andrew Russo, 76, acting underboss Benjamin Castellazzo, 73, and consigliere Richard Fusco, 74, authorities said.

Two of the Gambinos charged included consigliere Joseph Corozzo, 69, and ruling panel member Bartolomeo Vernace, 61. New England boss Luigi Manocchio, 83, was also arrested.

Howard Abadinsky, an organized crime expert from St. John's University in New York, said the sweep would likely only have a short-term effect.

"There are definitely dangerous people that have been taken off the streets," Abadinsky said. "But the sweeps provide an opportunity for the up-and-comers that have been toiling in the trenches to move up." 

Published in Bail In The News!
Monday, 24 January 2011 05:48

PICKING A BAIL BOND AGENT

Bail bonds and criminal attorneys who to call when you’re arrested

January 23rd, 2011      Affordable Bails New York and our Suffolk County central Islip office brings you an interesting article on

choosing a bail bond agent and and a criminal attorney in Suffolk County  before you are arraigned in Central Islip.

Bail bonds and criminal attorneys who to call when you’re arrested

Finding a bail bonds agent in Nassau, Suffolk counties or the five boroughs of new York city  is an extremely valuable decision because your independence or lack thereof is based on the expertise of those in bail bonds. You should also consider an attorney to defend you if you were charged with a criminal offense or have a chance at serving time in jail. When you need an attorney, get the best you can afford. When looking for bail bonds, also look for attorneys.

Bail bonds companies can sometimes be very helpful in getting you back on your feet after you have been charge. They can also sometimes help find attorneys and may give you tips. How much time has the attorney been practicing law? Do they prefer plea bargains or going to court? Do they perform well in the court room? What will be the time required and is it all going to be billed? All of these are crucial to getting a competent attorney who can win your case.

The thing you don’t want to do is to end up in court accompanied by a lawyer who has never solely completed a case before a judge. Always seek a free consultation in order to meet the lawyer and find out how you feel about this person. Make sure it is someone you can work with.

It is also important to seek an attorney with experience in the area of law that concerns your case. Attorneys usually represent a very specific type of law so get one that is truly proficient in the area of the law for which charges you are facing. If you plea bargain instead of going to trial (which usually many cases are), your attorney should have expertise in this as well.

Attorneys must be good negotiators and mediators, which ensures you get the best plea bargain possible. It’s important that they know what they are doing. It is your freedom (not theirs) that’s in jeopardy. 

Published in Bail In The News!
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 12:42

DOG THE BOUNTY HUNTER

Affordable Bails of New York  with offices in Suffolk county located in Central  Islip provides you with this interesting article about   Dog  Dog the Bounty Hunter  Dog the Bounty Hunter

Suffolk County bail bonds companies favorite bounty hunter.

The Bounty Hunter Season 7 Episode 17 FULL

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Well, if you haven't know what this show is all about, here I a short informant about it.
Dog the Bounty Hunter is a reality television show on A&E which chronicles Duane "Dog" Chapman's operations at his job as a bounty hunter, at Da Kine Bail Bonds in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Dog is joined by his wife and business partner, Beth Smith Chapman, his children Leland Chapman, Duane Lee Chapman II, and "Baby" Lyssa Chapman-Galanti. In season one, the team was joined by Dog's nephew Justin Bihag. Dog's brother Tim "Youngblood" Chapman starred in seasons one to four and made brief appearances in season six; he retired from bounty hunting after season four. Dog refers to Tim as his blood brother – despite having the same last name, they aren't biologically related. Episodes have been filmed in Hawaii, Dog's home state of Colorado, and the city of San Francisco.

The program spun off from Chapman's appearance in the show Take This Job, a program about people with unusual occupations. Both shows are produced for A&E by Hybrid Films, a New York-based production company. The concept of the program was to follow a family of bounty hunters as they capture fugitives. The television show follows the family's adventures in bounty hunting, Da kine Bail Bonds, which has locations in Oahu, in Kona on the Big Island and also on the mainland in Denver, Colorado.

The television series led to a 2007 autobiographical book You Can Run But You Can't Hide chronicles his years before becoming a bounty hunter and also some of his more infamous hunts including the more controversial hunt that took him and his team to Mexico to capture serial rapist Andrew Luster.

Production of and airing of the show was halted by A&E on November 2, 2007, after a disturbing audio tape, containing Duane Chapman using the word, **** repeatedly in a rant directed towards his son's African-American girlfriend, was released. It was first reported by the National Enquirer which then exploded onto every media outlet on television and print, leading Duane to make a teary apology on CNN's Larry King Live for his lack of sensitivity on the matter, vowing to make amends; he soon received support from fans and leaders of the African-American community. On February 19, 2008, A&E announced that the show would return.


 

Published in Bail In The News!
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 12:40

BAIL BOND AGENT GET A BAD RAP

02/08/10

Affordable Bails New York and our Suffolk County Central Islip office bring you an article about bail bond agents in Suffolk County and

the services  they provide to the public.

Bail bond agents have a bad rap: The American Bar Association calls their line of work "tawdry," and Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun declared it "odorous." But bounty hunters have an unlikely ally: Alex Tabarrok, an economist at George Mason University, who argues in The Wilson Quarterlythat bounty hunters are "unsung" heroes of an overbooked justice system.

Bail and bounty hunters have a long history. In medieval England, suspected criminals often had to stew for months until a traveling judge arrived to conduct a trial; in the meantime, the court would release the defendant to a "surety," often a friend or brother, who would guarantee that he would show up in court. "If the accused failed to show," Tabarrok explains, "the surety would take his place and be judged as if he were the offender." Sureties were, unsurprisingly, given broad powers to chase down their charges; today's bounty hunters have inherited them (they can legally break into the houses of their targets, search their property without probable cause, and pursue them across state lines).

Even with those powers, however, the risk of being a surety was too great - and so "personal surety" was replaced by "commercial surety," the system used in most American states, including Massachusetts. Under this system, a suspect is released to wait for his trial in exchange for a sum of money, which is returned to him when he shows up on the appointed date. If he doesn't have the money himself, he can hire a bail bondsman to post bail, in exchange for an up-front fee, usually around 10%. If a bondsman puts up $6,000 bail and you show up, he keeps your $600. If you skip town, however, he could be out $6,000, and so he'll send a bounty hunter after you. Usually, he has three to six months to find you before the state annexes the bond. This all adds up to big business: one out of four defendants don't show.

Bounty hunters have a rough-and-tumble image - think of Clint Eastwood in A Fistful of Dollars, or, more recently, of A&E's television show Dog the Bounty Hunter. Yet bail bond firms, Tabarrok writes, "are often small, family-run businesses - the wife writes the bonds and the husband, the 'bounty hunter,' searches for clients who fail to show up in court." Successful bounty hunters have a combination of "persistence and politeness": their targets are, after all, their customers, and they track their charges down by working with friends and family. People who won't talk to police will often talk to bounty hunters, and bounty hunters who are easy to work with get repeat business from defendants. As one defendant-cum-customer puts it, “My family and I have been coming to Frank’s Bail Bonds for three generations.”

The system works, but there are lots of good reasons to dislike it. For one thing, it's regressive, penalizing poorer defendants; for another, it seems illogical. The goal of the bail bondsman is, after all, to make easy money by posting bail for poor-but-trustworthy defendants. Why can't the state cut out the middleman, figure out who's trustworthy on its own, and then let those defendants go on their own recognizance?

These are sensible objections, and over the last fifty years most states have experimented with solutions. In many places a state agency now reviews each defendant, assigning him a score which predicts how likely he is to skip bail; those defendants who have stable home and work lives are released, while the rest flow into the commercial bail system. Four states (Illinois, Kentucky, Oregon, and Wisconsin) have abolished commercial bail altogether; in those states, the only people with the power to chase fugitives are the (already very busy) police. Essentially, the government acts like a bail bond firm: it figures out whom to trust, and then promises to track down the defendants it's wrong about.

These schemes work - but, Tabarrok writes, they don't work as well as good old-fashioned bounty hunting. Defendants skip bail as much as 28 percent less when there are bail bondsmen and bounty hunters in place, essentially because bounty hunters are solely focused on finding them. The bottom line is that bail bond firms are more motivated than the state to figure out who's trustworthy, and to hunt down those who aren't. 

Published in Bail In The News!
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 12:38

PAGANS LEADER JAILED ON MILLION DOLLAR BAIL

February 2, 2011

Affordable Bails New York and Suffolk County Central Islip office brings you this interesting article on the Pagan Motorcycle gang that frequented

Nassau and Suffolk county New York.

Steven "Gorilla" Mondevergine, the former outlaw biker boss, figured he'd be out on bail in a snap when he waived extradition from Gloucester County and agreed to be taken to Philadelphia last month to face attempted-murder and assault charges.

At first, that is how it played out for the 55-year-old ex-leader of the Pagans Motorcycle Club.

But then, at a bail-modification hearing, an assistant district attorney started talking about a box of shotgun shells, a medieval jousting weapon, and a 7-inch knife found in the hulking ex-cop's South Jersey apartment.

Assistant District Attorney Brian Grady coupled that with the biker's alleged history of violence. And two days after he was released on $75,000 bail, Mondevergine was back in the slammer, this time with his bail set at a cool $1 million by a Common Pleas Court judge.

"There's just not a legitimate purpose to have any of this," Assistant District Attorney Brian Grady said last week in explaining the motion he filed two weeks ago that got Mondevergine's bail increased.

"This" was the contraband that Grady said authorities had confiscated Dec. 15 when they arrested Mondevergine at his apartment in Turnersville.

The box of shotgun shells presents an additional problem for Mondevergine because of his racketeering conviction. Convicted felons are prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition. That offense alone could carry a five-year prison sentence.

Grady also pointed to the other items found in the apartment as he argued that Mondevergine was a danger to society and that his original bail was exceedingly low.

Laying the items before Common Pleas Court Judge Frank Palumbo during the Dec. 21 hearing, Grady pointed to what authorities described as a "boot knife," a weapon with a 7-inch blade and a leather sheaf. The sheaf had two straps that, Grady said, could be wrapped around an individual's calf to hide the knife under a pant leg.

He also showed the judge a three-foot ax handle and a medieval weapon known as a flail found in the apartment. A flail is a spiked steel ball attached to a chain that is attached to a short steel pole.

Grady said there was no indication that Mondevergine was either a collector of medieval weaponry or a participant in Renaissance fairs. It also could not be determined if the flail was from Mondevergine's days as a Pagan leader and underworld enforcer."There's just no legitimate reason to have any of this," Grady said for a second time 

Published in Bail In The News!
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 12:37

UNIONS DONE WITH MANGANO

February 3, 2011

Affordable Bails of New York  with offices in Suffolk county located in Central  Islip provides you with this interesting article about 

the failure of the Nassau County executive to get contract concessions from the Nassau county police unlike the Suffolk Executive

and the Suffolk County executive.

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano's calls for significant labor union concessions - NOW! - fell on deaf ears last week as the head of the county police union said publicly that he's done dealing with Mangano and will wait to see what happens with NIFA.

One reason? There is almost zip, zero, nada incentive for the county's five public unions to deal this year as the Nassau Interim Finance Authority weighs whether to take over the county's finances.

For one, they've got contracts that expire on Dec. 31, 2015.

For another, there's a no-layoff clause that doesn't expire for the county's largest union, the Civil ServiceEmployees Association, until the end of this year.

Besides, union leadership points out; they've already given, repeatedly, over the years, to help Nassau balance its budget. This year, for example, the county's 10,000 CSEA employees won't get eight months of their scheduled raises and longevity payments until 2014. The same holds true for the Sheriff Officers Association.

That deferred compensation came as part of a deal to save Nassau money in 2010, when the county - after coming up $100 million short in projected 2009 sales tax revenue - was desperate for budget relief.

But since 2007, there have been a host of other save now, pay later deals, some mandated by binding arbitration, others the result of memorandums of agreement and contract extensions, that have sprinkled deferred payments - like budgetary time bombs - to various unions through 2015.

Those deferred payments were signed off on by former County Executive Thomas Suozzi and both Democrats and Republicans in the Nassau County Legislature when Mangano and now-Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt were in the body's minority party.

Meanwhile, on Jan. 1 of this year, the county's police and detective's unions received deferred longevity and raises members earned back in 2008. And, at some point later this year, they'll receive a second round of deferred payments, from an agreement to help salvage the county's 2007 budget.

Come next year, things get even worse for the budget: The county will pay out deferred wage and longevity payments to police, detectives and, twice, to superior officers, to cover work those employees did in 2009.

"I think everyone has to try harder to get something done this year," said Nassau Comptroller George Maragos, who last week joined fellow Republican Mangano in urging unions to talk. "They have to try harder because next year we won't be able to pay the bills."

He said Mangano's goal of $61 million in savings should be the floor, pointing out that the county also is dealing with rising pension contributions and health care costs.

Maragos, like Mangano, is adamant that Nassau can handle its budget. And its unions. And in a separate interview, Mangano said he believed he could do more with the county unions than NIFA could.

"Even if they stepped in and decided to freeze wages, they'd only be saving $10 million a year," Mangano said. "I know we can do better than that." He said the unions still are negotiating with him, but he warned that if there are no concessions, he will get legislative approval and order them, a move that experts doubt would pass legal muster.

What's sad is that none of this state of affairs is a surprise.

Under the NIFA legislation, Nassau, unlike Suffolk, is required to file not only a budget but a four-year plan. In addition, the county legislature's independent budget review office, repeatedly, over the years, has warned about Nassau's habit of saving now, paying later.

"Decisions made in these agreements will increase out-year expenses without any guarantees that the economy will have grown sufficiently to make the proposal affordable," according to an independent budget review report in October 2009.

"It is imperative that the administration restructure and cut costs on a permanent basis to be ready for the years when the agreements not only increase salaries, but require the county to pay deferred raises."

During his tenure, Suozzi, who declined to comment, waged repeated public battles with the county's unions, especially police, and he did win some concessions. Still, there was no big structural change.

"He did the best he could do, but he was left standing out there alone by some of the officials who are criticizing him now," said Jay Jacobs, the state and county Democratic Party leader.

And where was NIFA?

By 2009, the authority's powers had receded to the point where it offered opinions after, rather than before, the county took action on many of the deferred payments. But that should not have mattered.

Ten years ago, NIFA's first chairman, Frank Zarb, issued crisp, clear labor contract negotiating guidelines - copies of which went to then-County Executive Thomas Gulotta, legislative leaders, the county comptroller and every union president - geared toward changing the county's decades-long habit of being aggressively unaggressive at the management end of the negotiating table.Things didn't change much then. It remains to be seen whether - with or without NIFA intervention - they change now.

  

Published in Bail In The News!
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 12:30

FUGITIVE FINDER

February 6, 2011

Affordable Bails of New York  with offices in Suffolk county located in Central  Islip provides you with this interesting article about 

the Suffolk county fugitive finder and how police and bail bond agents can be helped by the public to catch fugitives out on bail.

For the past five years, the Long Island Fugitive Finder, a free monthly magazine containing information of individuals sought in connection with crimes, has been filling in as Long Island's modern equivalent of wanted posters in the Old West, 150 or so years after the era of sheriffs and outlaws long retired to Boot Hill.

To date, the publication has helped to apprehend 436 individuals, an average of two per week, an accomplishment honored last Wednesday afternoon by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, R-Bethpage, at the County Legislature building in Mineola.

Launched by D&S Advertising, Inc. of Medford in 2007, the paper first featured 'most wanted' listings and crime alerts from Suffolk County Crime Stoppers before expanding to include Nassau listings in March 2007.

Newspaper owner Dean Murray is also the publisher of the Long Island Job Finder, from which the idea for "Fugitive Finder" emerged.

Recalling when his team started putting the publication together in December 2006, Murray said that "ironically... while we're putting this thing together to launch it in January of 2007, my secretary gets robbed of her credit cards in my office. I gave chase, caught the criminal... I got the credit card back, turned him loose. Ironically, two months later, guess who ended up in here?"

The monthly publication is available at locations throughout Nassau, Suffolk and Queens. Each county is offered space to list 12 "most wanted" criminals as well as four crime alerts per month. More than 25,000 copies of the paper are distributed each month.

"It's a publication that works, it has a great public benefit," Mangano said. "Many people start publications hoping to create a readership and of course, making some money, but here in this case Dean Murray began his publication...with the hope of helping the incredible law enforcement agencies of both Nassau and Suffolk County in finding criminals."

While some ads do appear within the publication, D&S loses money on the venture, a situation with which Murray is content.

"We started this publication not necessarily as a money making venture but as a way that we can help law enforcement throughout Long Island to capture these criminals and bring them to justice," he said. "This magazine and this website brings millions of additional eyeballs to law enforcement; it allows the public to get involved without physically getting involved in a dangerous way." 

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