Blog

Strange Laws In North Carolina

If you’ve ever paid any attention to the laws in other states, you may have found a few here and there to be strange. North Carolina has a few laws that you may find yourself laughing at. Although these laws are silly, they are nonetheless real and should be followed and taken seriously to avoid any trouble. A few of these strange laws are listed below.

Strange Laws

Elephants may not be used to plow cotton fields – This is a funny law since you don’t usually walk down the streets of NC and find elephants, but either way if you find yourself in the possession of an elephant, don’t use to to plow your cotton fields.

Singing off key – I guess karaoke is out of the question unless you are a good singer. This is a strange law although it may save you some embarrassment in certain situations.

Bingo – If you are planning on attending a bingo night, just know that it may not go over 5 hours and you will not be allowed to drink alcohol. I guess this is a great way to keep the party calm.

These are just a few odd laws that were created and still stand in North Carolina. If you find yourself breaking these or any other laws and landing yourself in jail, think about calling C.L. Collins Bonding at (919) 205-5322 and let us help bail you out.

How To Choose A Quality Defense Attorney

Attorney

Choosing The Best Attorney For Your Case Can Be Difficult.

When facing charges, it can be a scary experience. You need to build the best defense for your situation to get you through the court dates. In order to do this, finding a good attorney should be a priority. Your attorney can help act as your guide through the legal system, walking you through many situations and fighting for you in court. You may turn to search engines to find local attorneys and find there are a great many out there for you to choose from. How can you reduce the field and pick the best one for you? There are a few things you should consider when looking for an attorney.

Considering An Attorney

Consultation – Before selecting a lawyer, it is always a great idea to have a consultation. This will allow you to tell them about your case and meet in person to discuss if they can work your case. You may find that many attorneys will offer either a free or a low price consultation for your needs. This will help you decide whether they are right for you.

Experience – When dealing with a legal situation, you want someone you know has dealt with them successfully in the past. Ask your possible attorney about their legal experience. Criminal defense is a wide field, and many attorneys have specialties where they prefer to work in. They also could have specific court systems they have worked in before. Finding one with experience in your charges and court will benefit you.

Ease of Communications – During your case and court dates, you will need to work and communicate with your attorney to ensure you have the best defense for your needs. In order to do this, you need an attorney you can not only communicate but get along with. Use your consultation to determine if you can create a rapport with your potential lawyer.

Reviews – As the last step, you can always check the lawyer’s reviews and testimonials to see their past performance. We live in a digital age where others can comment on their experiences with a lawyer or firm. Check these to help you make a final call on a particular lawyer.

C.L. Collins Bonding is your source for bail bonds for your needs. Need bail so you can get out and start working on your defense with an attorney? Call (919) 205-5322 today for your situation in Raleigh, NC.

 

How Do Bounty Hunters Work In Bail Bonds?

You’ve heard the word. You’ve probably seen the tan, built reality star chasing after fugitives on television. Bounty hunters are extremely effective at their job, catching about 90 percent of fugitives they were after. They often have to physically track a fugitive wanted for a criminal offense. But what exactly is this occupation and how does it affect bail bonds?

What Are Bounty Hunters?

Bounty hunters are either self-employed or hired by bail bondsmen to track down people who have missed their court hearings or trials in criminal cases. A bail bondsman is the person who paid 10 percent of that person’s bail to get them out of jail. Bail bondsmen hire bounty hunters to track down the people that owe them money because if the fugitive eludes court and bail, then the bail bondsman is 100 percent responsible for paying the total bail amount for a crime they were not arrested for. Bail bondsmen can be anything from third-party insurance sellers to close friends or family.

Bounty Hunters Are Effective If A Fugitive Owes You Money For Bail

The cost of hiring a bounty hunter is typically the 10 percent the bail bondsmen paid to get the fugitive out of jail. The bail bondsmen won’t save any money but it beats having to pay it all and potentially losing any collateral like your home or house you might have used to secure the money.

Some states require a bounty hunter to be licensed while others don’t. Each state has restrictions on what bounty hunters can and cannot do. Most states do not allow bounty hunters to carry a handgun. Research your state’s bounty hunter laws before hiring someone and make sure the bail enforcement agent complies to the law and knows what they are doing.

If you have any questions about bounty hunters or bail bonds in Raleigh, NC, call C.L. Collins Bonding at (919) 205-5322

3 Prisoner Rights Guaranteed by the Constitution

Prisoner Rights

The Constitution Provides Prisoner Rights to Protect Those Who Have Been Taken INto Custody.

The United States Constitution guarantees certain rights to all citizens, including those who are in jail. If you or a loved have been arrested, it is important for you to understand your rights while you are in custody. These prisoner rights apply to both inmates who have been convicted and sentenced to jail time and defendants who have been arrested on charges of a crime and are waiting for their trial or bail hearing. If you are in custody, awaiting trial, let the staff at C.L. Collins Bonding help you get out of jail fast with our professional bonding services.

What Are Prisoner Rights?

Knowing your rights is important for all citizens, but perhaps it is most important for you to know your rights once you have been taken into custody. Here are some basic prisoner rights guaranteed by the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution.

Minimum Standard of Life
Under the Constitution, prisoners have the right to a minimum standard of living. This includes edible, nutritious food, time outdoors every day and access to basic hygiene needs.

Reasonable Accommodations
If a prisoner has a disability or ongoing health issue, under the Americans with Disabilities Act, they have the right to reasonable accommodations to provide them with the minimum standard of living guaranteed all prisoners.

Reasonable Punishments
One of the most important prisoner rights is the guarantee that they will be free from cruel and unusual punishment. This protects them from harm or abuse from the prison guards and other inmates.

Whether you have been arrested for a DUI, drug possession or a felony crime, knowing your rights can help while you are in custody. If you want to get out of custody as quickly as possible, contact our office at (919) 205-5322 and we’ll help you post bail.

Legal Terms: Contempt Of Court

bail and legal terms

Understanding Legal Terms Can Help You Feel More Comfortable During Your Trial

If you’re new to the bail process, chances are that you might not be too familiar with certain parts of the legal process either. There are many terms in court that you are expected to know, so today we will go over a fairly common one.

What is Contempt Of Court?

A person can be held in contempt of court if, in any way, they disrupt court proceedings or impede the ability of the court to perform its primary function.

Civil Contempt

Civil contempt typically refers to when someone is not following a court order. For example, if the court has ordered you to pay child support, and you refuse, that is a form of civil contempt. If you choose to comply with the court, you may see the additional contempt charges lifted.

Criminal Contempt

Criminal contempt is regarded as more serious, and if you are charged with it, you will  not be able to get off the hook through compliance. In fact, because your contempt charges are separate from your original case, you may have to deal with contempt charges long after your original case has been settled. Criminal contempt includes outbursts during court proceeding, threats to court members, and other actions of that nature.

If you need bail assistance in Raleigh, NC, give our team a call today at (919) 205-5322!

The Basic Process of DUI Bail

Though the celebrations of New Year’s Eve have passed, there are still plenty of people dealing with the aftermath of those times when things go just a little too far. Drunk driving is still very much a serious problem with serious consequences. When someone is arrested for drunk driving, they may have to post DUI bail before they can be released, like the process for other crimes.

DUI Bail

Car Keys Handcuffs Alcohol Christmas Tree

The Basic Process of DUI Bail.

Before a DUI case can be concluded or a suspect released, bail must be paid. This is the incentive for the suspect to show up at any court appearance, as well as for another person who may have paid that bail to ensure the suspect’s appearance. If the person who was arrested fails to show up in court, any posted bail will be lost and the bondsman will collect the money. An arrest warrant will also be issued against the person who “skipped bail,” as well as for drunk driving.

Immediate bail isn’t always granted. A person arrested for DUI may have to attend a bail hearing. Usually, a suspect will not have to wait more than two days for this, but that does not include holidays and weekends. In some cases, the hearing may happen in the same day.

The amount of bail set by the judge will be determined by many factors. Those factors may include whether or not the person has a history of the same offenses, how serious the incident was–how much damage was done, if someone was injured or killed, etc.–other criminal history, family and community ties, and more. If the cost of bail is high, a bond may be purchased from a bondsman. Of course, the suspect’s driver’s license may be rescinded for a time. In some cases, that person may be given a temporary driving permit, but this is not always the case.

Drunk driving is a serious matter, and so is being arrested for it. If you or someone you know needs DUI bail, come to Collins Bail Bonding in Raleigh, NC, or call (919) 205-5322.

Why Are Some Defendants Held Without Bond?

bail

Different Factors Determine Bail Eligibility And Amount.

If you or a loved one have been arrested, it is perfectly normal to be nervous or worried. At CL Collins Bail Bonds, we are here to help you through this situation however we can. To learn more about what to do if a friend has been arrested, click here. As you probably know, shortly after the arrest and processing procedure, the defendant is given a bail hearing to determine the price of bail. Today we will be talking about reasons that a judge can decide to withhold bond in some cases.

Past Criminal History

One of the main things a judge reviews when setting a ail amount is the criminal history of the defendant. If the defendant has a long criminal record, bail amounts are likely to be higher, and if the listed crimes match that of the new charges, a judge may decide to withhold bail.

Flight Risk

Another factor that a judge will consider is the flight risk of the defendant. If it appears to the judge that the person will try to skip town or avoid their court date, bail can be withheld. Persons with stable jobs in the area, or children in the area are less likely to be considered a flight risk, whereas individuals from out of town are more likely to be seen as a flight risk.

Danger Risk

According to the alleged crimes as well as the criminal history, the judge will determine whether or not the defendant appears to be a danger to themselves or others. If so, the judge will withhold bail to protect the public.

To learn more, or to request bail assistance, give us a call today at (919) 205-5322!

Expunging A Juvenile Record

Juvenile DetentionWhen your teen is arrested, there is a whirlwind of thoughts that undoubtedly run through your mind as a parent. Thankfully, many charges on your teen’s juvenile record can be sealed or expunged, depending on severity. While each state has different detailed tasks for expunging or sealing records, the same basic steps apply.

The Difference between Expungement and Sealing

In most cases, your teen will be eligible for complete expungement when they hit adult age. This means that they can petition the courts for a complete erasure of their past arrest history. However, if the charges were serious or if they were repeated, your teen may not be eligible for record expungement. They may, however, be eligible for record sealing. This limits who can see their records, which typically only includes government and state officials.

The Process

Neither of these actions is automatic and must be petitioned to the court. This means you must formally request for the action to happen. This is a fairly simple process in most states, but an attorney is recommended.

  • First, you must petition the court. You will send in a form to the appropriate court that requests the removal of your minor offenses.
  • The court will contact you, and usually, call you in to discuss why they should grant you the expungement or sealing. Do not skip this date.
  • Typically, once the appropriate amount of time has passed without you getting into trouble, your request will be granted.

When your teen gets into trouble, don’t worry. Typically, this record doesn’t have to follow them throughout their entire life.When your teen has been arrested, call the experts at C.L. Collins Bonding at (919) 205-5322 to find out what to do next.

Common Bail Bonds Scams To Avoid

Bail Bonds Scams

Do You Know What Scams To Look Out For?

While most bail bondsman are trustworthy and reliable, there are some bondsman who can’t be trusted. Every industry has scam artists and criminals, and today we will tell you a few ways to avoid falling for these common scams.

“Cheap” Costs

Generally speaking, bail bondsman will require a 15% fee for their services. This fee is simple, and reputable bondsman are entirely upfront about their rates and policies. Unprofessional and untrustworthy bondsmen will often offer 5% or 10% fees to reel you in. However, later on they will require hidden fees and high interest rates that may seem to spiral out of control. Costs lower than 15% are not a viable business plan for bail bondsmen, so watch out when they offer their services for less!

Soliciting Inmates

If you are in jail, and a bondman contacts you, understand that this is against the law. Oftentimes, scammers will wait outside of prisons, or encourage other prisoners to advertise for them. Never trust a bondsman that contacts you first. Instead, contact a bail bondsman you can trust and verify.

Expired Licensing

When you choose any professional serviceman, you will always want to check their qualifications. The same applies to bail bondsmen. In this state, a legal bondsman will have an updated license that you can verify. If a bondsman doesn’t have a license, or has an expired license, walk away and find a bondsman you can trust!

 

 

Three Causes of Probation Revocation

probation-revocation

To make the most of probation, avoid these common causes of revocation.

While probation represents a great opportunity, it comes with many obligations. Some probationers fail to measure up, and have their probation revoked as a result. To avoid a return to jail, steer clear of behaviors or actions that could lead to probation revocation.

Use of Drugs or Alcohol

Probationers must avoid all illegal activities. Random urinalysis or hair tests provide officers a way to monitor the use of drugs. A positive result counts as a violation, which could lead to revocation once reported to the court. This prohibition extends to drinking if your arrest involved alcohol. To play it safe, avoid all drugs and alcohol throughout the term of your probation.

Lack of Contact

Supervision officers keep tabs on probationers to gauge adherence to guidelines and check progress. If the probationer  avoids his or her officer or skips meetings, the court will revoke probation. If you change addresses or phone numbers, always notify your officer. You should also give plenty of advance notice should you need to reschedule a meeting.

Failure to Meet Terms

Probation comes with many requirements. The probationer may need to pay fines, complete community service, or attend counseling. Failure to meet any of these terms could lead to a violation and revoked probation. If you have questions about your responsibilities, your supervision officer can provide answers or help.

Though probation revocation does not automatically lead to jail, it most certainly involves consequences. The probationer could have extra time imposed, additional fees to pay, or more counseling to attend. If you or someone you know does return to jail, they will need a bail bond. If you live in Raleigh, NC and need fast jail release, call (919) 205-5322 today for service from CL Collins Bail Bonding.