Here is another example of the so called “PARS” program at work…..or rather, FAIL to work, as the case may be.
In January of this year the defendant, Samantha Marcial, (case #16CF0430, see attached) was entered into the PARS program and released from custody after being charged with felony burglary and grand theft. She since has picked up another grand theft/receiving stolen property case and has been a fugitive since March. Because there is no bail bond agency and co-signers incentivized to have Ms. Marcial appear in court, she will more than likely remain a fugitive. This means justice goes unserved (so sorry victims) or if by chance she gets picked up again, it’s the tax-payers that carry the costs of apprehension and incarceration.
The testimonial below demonstrates why choosing the right bail agent is so import and why professionalism, honesty and integrity outweigh the perceived benefit of illegal discounts offered by inexperienced and dishonest bail agents."It’s been 6 years since my family and I were led to Jason. I have been out on bail for over 6 years. Jason has been a man of his word and kept my bond. My case has already been through trial and is awaiting a retrial, if I had picked another bail bonds company I would have been charged a yearly fee that would have put my family in financial ruins. I can’t express to anyone who is looking for a bail bond person, how great Jason has been, a real God send!!!!. I’m so grateful for Jason’s hands-on help. To anyone who is looking for a bail bonds company without hesitation use Jason, he can do the impossible. Thank you Jason for your help and understanding."-- Shaine Lavoie
By Diane Bass, Criminal Defense Attorney, Orange County, California
Bail Bondsmen play a completely different roll in Federal Court. The federal court does not accept bail bonds in the same way that they do in State Court. Bonds in Federal Court are either Signature Bonds which are unsecured bonds very similar to a promissory note, usually signed by a responsible third party. The other type of bond used in Federal Court is a Property Bond or a Bond that is secured by property, almost always real estate.
There is much confusion surrounding bail in the Federal court criminal justice system and very few have the knowledge and background to assist you, or even explain it clearly. Unlike state court, it’s not a simple process of having a local bail agent run to the jail to have a loved one released. There are several possibilities for bail in Federal Court and most take a few days or even weeks to submit. Determination for bail is always made by the Judge or Magistrate handling the case.
If you are appearing in Central Court on a warrant or your current bail may go higher, be sure to have a qualified bondsman with you, otherwise you will be sent to jail. The new policy states that if at any point a judge“remands a defendant to the custody of the Sheriff”, they will no longer accept a bail bond in court and the defendant will be sent to Orange County Jail.
A new comprehensive report released last month from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) shows once again that having defendants released from custody by way of a bail bond is the most effective and economical method when compared to government funded unsecured release. This detailed report quantifies and clearly defines the performance differences between Surety Bail Bonds vs. unsecured releases. This report found:
As an ExpertBail member we strongly support changing the way the public views our industry. The stereotypes portrayed in television and films could not be farther from the truth about bail bondsmen, the types of people we help and how we conduct business on a day-to-day basis. ExpertBail is at the forefront of this “rebranding” effort and Bail Bond Professionals is extremely proud to be associated with this exclusive group of the finest bail agents across the country.
In the month of September the Justice Policy Institute (JPI), aka Pretrial Services, put out a scathing anti-bail propaganda document named “Bail Fail” depicting the bail bond industry in America as a complete failure which has led to more crime, more jail overcrowding and is a broken system that needs to be eliminated. JPI declared September as the “War on Bail” month by spreading their report to anyone who would listen, including Judges, District Attorney’s, Bar Associations and the like. Needless to say, “Bail Fail” fails miserably to tell the truth about what bail agents do, how we do it and what benefits we bring to the criminal justice system, the states we operate in and society as a whole.
There are a few ways to build a bail bond business in Orange County, but none easier or cheaper than hiring inmates inside the jail to refer you fresh customers every day. “Capping” , as it’s known, has been going on inside every jail in California for decades and the illegal activity shows no signs of slowing down.
Unlike many surrounding counties, Orange County does an excellent job of providing online tools to the public for gathering criminal case information. You probably would be interested in finding out if there is an Orange County Warrant for your arrest or if someone you know is in jail or what a friend or loved one is being charged with. In Los Angeles County it is nearly impossible to find out this information and requires phone calls to courts just to figure out the status of a case. Orange County makes all this information easily accessible via the web requiring no logon or pay-to-use fees. Orange county websites below: