Why We Are The Top Colorado Springs Bail Bonds Service

The public has seen bail bond agents as a mobster looking scoundrel who swindles unsuspecting people out of there money for years. This picture is borrowed from Hollywood films that use bail bond agents as an affair of the stars. However, you will soon understand why we are the top Colorado Springs provider and why our bail bond agents are the most honest, professional, efficient and ethical in town.

We are here for the defendants:

We tell clients we will be there for them during the entire court process and we mean it. That being said,  we can not provide legal advice, but we do provide information to defendants and co-signers, such as court dates, what the upcoming hearing is going to be (i.e. Pretrial Conference, Probation Hearing,…), approval of sureties if needed to continue the case until sentencing, reinstating the bail bonds, or consenting to allow travel to the defendant while on bond. Our Colorado Springs bail bonds service also knows many specialized criminal defense attorney’s that can assist you throughout the court process. We are happy to give you the contact information to many of those attorney’s along with the information to the public defender’s office. We want our clients to be set up to succeed and complete the entire court process.

Our Colorado Springs bail bonds service explains everything:

Starting out in the bail bond industry, we would observe other bail bonding services with one missing piece. They did not explain the contracts in depth to the client while completing paperwork and posting the bonds. Not disclosing all of the information to the client is wrong, deceptive, and could result in big losses for the co-signer and the bail bond service. At our Colorado Springs bail bonds service we make it a priority to go through every single line of the contract. This protects the client and it also reassures to the bail bondsman that the co-signer knows the responsibilities of this bail bond. It is a win-win for everyone involved and only takes an extra 5 minutes.

Open all day every day:

Many bail bonds offices claim to be open 24 hours a day, but over and over again we hear complaints from clients about how our bail bond service was the only one to actually pick up the phone in the early morning hours. From a business perspective, broadcasting one thing and doing another is unprofessional and should not be taking place. We are an authentic 24 hour bail bond service. When you need us for your Colorado Springs bail bonds service, give us a call.  An agent will pick up, answer all of your questions, and complete all bonds if possible.

Consequences of Domestic Violence: How a Conviction Impacts Someone

Did you know that every 3 seconds a person is physically abused by a significant other in the United States. This amounts to over 10 million domestic violence occurrences in just one year. Abusers believe their intimidation towards the victim is often enough that they can avoid the police being called. However, if a person fears for their lives they should always call the police.

Domestic violence isn’t just abuse from or with an intimate partner.  It includes anyone living under the same roof, including parents, children, and even roommates.

Time In Jail

If the police receive a call for domestic violence, the abuser will have to spend at least 48 hours in jail before they can even start the process to post bond. If the domestic violence case results in a guilty sentence, the abuser will pick up jail time. The minimum jail sentence is 5 days.  Depending on the severity of the violence, they can be sentenced to prison for over a year.

In 2005, 45% of abusers sent to prison received a sentence of two years or more. The differing  imprisonment sentencing depends on whether the charge is a felony or misdemeanor.

If you are charged with shoving or pushing someone who lives with you this might just result in a misdemeanor. For a misdemeanor to take effect, a person must NOT be injured. If the abuser has a history of domestic violence or the victim suffers from serious bodily harm there is a higher chance it will be charged as a felony.

Probation/Fines

The abuser will be placed on probation once they are released from either jail or prison.

Probation terms  vary depending on the domestic charges but the abuser will be confined to living space for a set amount of time. A curfew will be set if they have a job or are required to engage in community service.

If that doesn’t seem too tough, there could also be hefty fine required to be paid. The spectrum can range from a few hundred to the thousands of dollars. The average fine is around two thousand dollars.

Counseling, such as anger management may also be required. This cost will come out of pocket in addition to the fine, along with the time out of your day.

You Can Lose Your Job

A domestic violence conviction can result in jail time, probation, and fines. But they may also lose their job due to being incarcerated. It will also affect any future job search as it could be difficult to find a job with a criminal record now connected to your name.

You might have to start from the bottom to be considered for any job and it will be hard to pay for your general cost of living and your fines with an entry-level job.

The residual impact of domestic violence is very serious and it WILL have negative repercussions for the rest of your life.

If you need to make bond or need legal advice, contact us today.

Detecting Drugs in a Person’s System – Part 2

Detecting Drugs in a Person’s System – Part 2

Although alcohol is removed from a person’s bloodstream and body reasonably quickly, that is not the situation with other drugs. The “psychedelic” element, THC, contained in marijuana, is evident for over a month after it has been used. Because of the lengthy amount of time THC can remain in the system, there is no definitive way to detect impairment at a precise point in time.

In comparison, cocaine, is usually out of the body within a day or two. Thus, its presence can be a better indicator that a person is operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs.

Elevated Crash Risks and Drug Recognition Experts
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration surrendered in communications to Congress that the present knowledge of drugs besides alcohol makes it impractical to precisely determine when raised levels of these substances cause a higher accident risk for a motorist. Because of this, some districts use “Drug Recognition Experts.” These are specifically trained police officers that are advanced in their ability to determine drug impairment in motorists. These officers are trained to closely survey a person’s behavior, eye mobility and other factors suggestive of drug influence. Over forty states including the District of Columbia have created Drug Evaluation and Classification Programs to educate and equip these types of officers.

Legalized Marijuana and Driving Under the Influence of Drugs
There are an increasing number of states and cities that have legalized both the use of marijuana for medical and recreational use. This revision in the laws across the United States, and in Colorado, pours into the need to establish other ways of determining if a motorist is impaired because of the use of a drug, including marijuana.

The education is likely to expand to other districts in the close immediate future. In addition, technology continues to advance in a way that is thought will make it straightforward for officers to determine if a motorist is impaired by marijuana at the time of citation or its presence in a person’s system is leftover from prior consumption.

DUI – Drugs in Your System – Part 1

DUI – Drugs in Your System – Part 1

Part 1

A considerable amount of media and popular awareness is towards driving under the influence of alcohol. Barely any attention is directed on driving while impaired by drugs, although operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs takes place with notable regularity nationwide.

According the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in over 18% of accidents resulting in fatally injured drivers, the drivers tested positive for being under the influence of drugs. A person arrested for driving while being impaired needs to know their fundamental constitutional rights. This consists of understanding how the bail bond process works.

After being arrested for driving under the influence of drugs, the court will settle upon a bond amount. Dependent on the amount of the bond, a person in jail on an impairment charge may connect with a bail bondsman. Once the experience of a bondman is employed, the person in jail must come up with a small percentage of the total amount of the bail. These funds are paid to the bail bond firm. Next, the bail bondsman posts the bond to the court, which grants permissions for the release from jail.

The Different Types of Jail Release Options

The Different Types of Jail Release Options

Getting arrested can be intimidating. Jail isn’t always a safe place for anyone being charged; even if your crime was minor there may be other violent criminals around you. It’s also more troublesome to arrange your defense strategy with your attorney from jail. Luckily, there are several choices to get out of jail while awaiting your trial.

Citation Release

In many circumstances for the average Joe/Jane, you may not even be taken to jail. This is primarily the case with traffic or parking tickets and minor violations of law. The officer will write you a citation at the scene of the incident and have you sign it. You are free until your court date

Own Recognizance

If you do not have a record and are not considered a possible flight risk, you may be discharged on your own recognizance. Simply put,  the court trusts you to come back for your arraignment and does not require you to pay bail. You have to sign paperwork affirming your understanding to still attend your court hearing. This is the most ideal option and best case scenario. You and your family won’t be out any money.

Cash Bail

If the court considers you a flight risk, or if you are accused of a previous crime, you must post bail in order to be released. Bail is payment held as collateral to assure you appear for your trial. If you miss your scheduled court date, you will lose the bail amount, and most likely have a warrant for your arrest.  

Property Bond

If you can’t provide the funds to post bail, an alternative is to use a property bond. A property bonds means using your home’s equity to obtain a bail loan. Your equity must be 150% of the bail amount, and this course of action may take a considerable amount of time.

Surety Bond

This is where we come in;  If you can’t post bail on your own, or do not have enough equity in your home, another option is to get a loan from a bail bonds company. The process for a bail bond calls for you to pay a small percentage of the bail amount up front. You then pay back the loan over a period of time.

Surety bonds are usually the most efficient way to rescue yourself so that you can contact your attorney from the comfort of your home. If you or a loved one has been arrested, Contact us now at Dennis Blackwell Bail Bonds and let us know how we can help. We are here 24/7 for you and if you prefer to call, we can be reached at 719-390-3930.