Integrity and Community

Integrity and Community

Here at Dennis Blackwell Bail Bonds we have been serving the community of Colorado Springs for over 24 years. During this time our attention to detail, dedication, and integrity as a local bail bonds provider has demonstrated itself in both our practice as well as the team we employee.

Our practice as a bail bonds provider emphasizes the dedication and trust that we have built within the community over the last two and (almost) a half decades. One of our main goals is to make sure that we are always available to our clients in the most convenient ways possible. This convenience has been incorporated into our practice two-fold. The first way that these manifest is in the location of our office, which is right across the street from the jail. The next way that this takes form is our 24/7 commitment to being available whenever you need us. Backing our essential practice of being accessible is our guarantee to offer the lowest prices for bail bonds. We want to provide our services to the community while making sure we are supporting it!

The backbone behind our stellar practices is our team. Our team consist of five dedicated and loyal people with an eye for community and success. All our team members have been working with us for 2+ years. Our team is broken down into three different categories to ensure maximum efficiency and coverage: the founders, the bail bonds writers, and bail enforcement. This triple structure ensures that we are dedicating our efforts where they matter. We strive to be the best bail bonds provider in Colorado Springs!

Join us on our goal to be the foremost provider of bail bonds! Our bondsman in Colorado Springs will continue to support and dedicate themselves to the community! If you need bail bonds, give us a call! We provide 24 hour bail bonds!

A Brief History of Bail

A Brief History of Bail

Bail as we know it today has evolved from long history of development and change. The first instance of bail can be traced back three centuries to the Middle Ages in England. It was first implemented in 1677 through the Habeas Corpus Act. It was the first instance which allowed magistrates to set bail for crimes. The 1689 English bill of rights was the first piece of legislation to establish the well-known "no excessive" bail limitation. Of course this sounds familiar as it was incorporated into Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution as the eighth amendment. This is the standard that is used today.

Though we have the eighth amendment, and it prevents "excessive bail", what is the point of this legislation? Well, from 1789 until 1966 it was mostly undefined as to what "excessive bail" was considered. That is why the United States Congress passed the Bail Reform Act in 1966. This act designated that bail should be an amount that puts the smallest financial burden possible upon the defendants. In this way, "excessive bail" was defined and put into more concrete terms. This allowed judges to make fair and informed decisions when deciding the bail amount for defendants. This act was put in place as a way to help the poorer defendants afford their bail, without severe consequence to their finances.

As interesting as this all is, it is not exactly what is considered useful. That is why if you need help with bail, take the easy step and contact Dennis Blackwell Bail Bonds. We have been dealing in Colorado Springs bail bonds for years, and have a certified team who is ready to take on your case. Our commitment to serving Colorado Springs is reflected in our dedicated staff, as well as our 24/7 schedule to fill any schedule!

Additional information about the history of bail gathered from an article by Jacob Silverman.

Two Facts about Bail Bonds

Two Facts about Bail Bonds

In a constantly shifting world, who has time to keep up with all the jargon surrounding the complicated processes of the law and order? If you’re not a lawyer, probably not you! Here are two quick facts about a relatively unknown topic—bail bonds.

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Different Types of Bail Bonds

There are different types of bonds such as: appearance bond, property bond, cash bond, personal recognizance bond, and immigration bond to name a few. The most common of those is that of the appearance bond, also known as a surety bond. The role of this bond is to assist those who are unable to pay the set bond by allowing a bondsman to pledge the designated amount in court, there by guaranteeing the appearance of the defendant in court proceedings. Usually these types of bonds are sought out by family and friends, and acquired through contact with a bail bond agent at a bail bonds provider.

Bail bond agents, the ones who post the bail, are required by law to be licensed by the state, specifically the one they operate in. The licensing process guarantees that all of the prospective agents are trustworthy, capable, and financially accountable. They are required to pass a written test and continually renew their license to continue operating as a bail bond agent. They must also be above the age of 18. This ensures that only dedicated and specialized individuals are dealing with bail bonds.

Now you know a little more about bail bonds! If you or a loved one ever need bail bonds, or information on bail bonds, call Dennis Blackwell Bail Bonds today! We are a Colorado Springs bail bonds provider who has been working with the community for 24 years! A leading bail bondsman service, we are family owned and operated. We operate in 24 hour bail bonds for your convenience!

What are Bond Conditions?

What are Bond Conditions?

When one is arrested and put in jail, that person is typically allowed the right to release on bail. Bailing someone out of jail requires posting the payment, or putting up collateral, required for release, and following certain conditions set forth by the judge and court, known as bail or bond conditions, or conditions of release. What are bond conditions? These are pre-trial conditions of bond that you must adhere to while released and awaiting court appearances.

Bond conditions are set to serve two primary purposes. The first is to ensure the defendant shows up for all court appearances. The second is for the protection of the community. Judges and courts have considerable leeway in determining what the conditions should be to safeguard these purposes.

Depending on the type and seriousness of the charges, standard pre-trial bond conditions may include:

  • No further violations of the law
  • No contact with the alleged victims or witnesses
  • Compliance with travel restrictions
  • No weapons possessions
  • Maintain or seek employment
  • Compliance with reporting to an official or supervision
  • Wearing of a monitoring device
  • Informing the court of any changes in address or work status

Violating bond conditions is technically known as “bail-jumping”, even if the condition violated has nothing to do with fleeing the jurisdiction. A violation can result in revocation of bail, forfeiture of any money put up for bail, and possible jail time. Again, the judge has the final word and he or she will determine the penalty based on the seriousness of the violation.

If you are charged with a crime and are offered bail, ensure you completely understand the bond conditions you are required to follow. Do not hesitate to ask for clarification on any of the conditions to ensure you do not mistakenly violate one. While the court has latitude in setting bond conditions and doling out penalties for violating them, it is best to steer clear of violations by understanding what bond conditions are, and how they apply to your daily life while out on bail.

For more information from a trusted, experienced, and respected bail bond agent, Dennis Blackwell Bail Bonds is available 24 hours a day to answer your questions at (719) 390-3930.

Colorado Bail Bonds Basics

Colorado Bail Bonds Basics

Bail is a security, that may or may not include monetary conditions, deposited with the court by a defendant as a guarantee he or she will be present for all of their court proceedings during pretrial release. Except for murder and certain violent crimes, most defendants charged with a crime are eligible for bail, allowing them to avoid being detained while waiting for trial and other court dates.

Changes in Bail Bonds In Colorado

In 2013, the Colorado legislature enacted new laws concerning a pretrial system that moves away from the use of money for bail and towards individual determinations and the use of evidence-based predictors. The shift in bail bond rules is due in part to research that the use of secured money bonds does not add to court appearance or public safety rates. With research, data, and analytics allowing for the development of pretrial risk assessment tools that better predict successful pretrial release, the move from a “gut instinct” based bail setting system to a scientific and objective based system furthers the criminal justice system’s goals of increasing public safety and reducing crime.

Through research and data, the development of the Colorado Pretrial Assessment Tool (CPAT) provides guidance to judges for setting bail by identifying which defendants are most likely to be a threat to public safety or fail to appear for a court date during the pretrial period. CPAT takes into account twelve factors identified as the most statistically significant in predicting an individual’s success on pretrial release.

The 2013 change in laws about bail bonds in Colorado allows for a more equitable determination of bail, reducing the unnecessary detainment of a defendant because he or she may not have the financial resources to meet a monetary bail condition. By looking at the individual defendant’s overall situation and applying the CPAT, courts may avoid unnecessary pretrial detainment, which is beneficial to the system overall.

For more information from a trusted, experienced, and respected bail bond agent, Dennis Blackwell Bail Bonds is available 24 hours a day to answer your questions at (719) 390-3930.