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A Few Tips to Prevent Drunk Driving

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If You’re Hosting a Party, You Might Be Able to Prevent Your Guests From Leaving Drunk.

New Year’s Eve is the busiest night of the year in terms of drunk driving arrests across America. Police departments around the nation set up random DUI checkpoints to catch alcohol-impaired drivers before they cause a fatal crash. The penalties and laws surrounding drunk driving varying from state to state. All states have a zero-tolerance policy for underage drunk drivers. This means that an individual under the age of 21 can be taken in for a DUI even if their blood alcohol content is below the legal limit.

Stop Drunk Driving Before It Starts

Nobody wants to throw a party for New Year’s Eve and then find out that one or more of their guests was arrested for drunk driving on the way home. As the host of the party, there a few simple things you can to keep your guests safe throughout the evening.

Start Early

Starting the party earlier in the evening allows people the chance to enjoy their drinks and metabolize the alcohol before they want to get in their car and drive home. Be sure to cut off the keg or alcohol supply with enough time for people to recover before they leave.

Serve More than Alcohol

Serving more than just alcohol will allow people to option to alternate drinks. This will limit the amount of alcohol in their system. It also gives the designated drivers something to enjoy so they can be completely sober when they take people home.

Pay Attention

Keep an eye on your guests. If someone is drinking too much, don’t be afraid to cut them off. You can also arrange for someone else to drive them home.

If someone you know does get picked up for drunk driving this New Year’s, Bail City Bail Bonds is here to help. Give us a call at 303-573-1114 to see what we can do about getting bail posted as soon as possible.

Understanding a Bail Hearing

Bail exists to make certain that you are present at your hearings. A bail hearing is your first court appearance after an arrest where a judge and prosecutor will manage the case against you. You always have the right to an attorney of your own who will make recommendations for your bail amount. The judge will then determine how much bail should be set.

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Determining Bail and Release Conditions

When determining the bail amount, a judge considers many factors. For lesser crimes, your bail may be as small as a written promise to appear in court on the assigned date with cash bail, should you violate your release conditions. If you can’t post a bail bond, your attorney can bring a motion to attempted an amount reduction. The nature of the crime, however, may give the judge reason to examine the bail amount more closely.

Any outstanding warrants for other crimes will also affect your bail hearing results. Your release may also be postponed, or you may be detained until the warrant can be addressed. If your warrant was issued in another jurisdiction, you may have to wait until that jurisdiction has a chance to respond.

Family ties can sometimes be helpful in getting released. If the judge knows where you will be staying, and whether you have ties to family and the community that mean you are unlikely to flee, you may be more likely to have reasonable bail and release conditions. The courts must have reason to believe you will stay with good people, and out of trouble.

If you are facing a bail hearing for the first time, stay calm. Call us at (303) 573-1114 today to understand a bail hearing and bail bonds.

Arrested: What Happens Now?

When you get arrested for the first time, chances are that you’re scared and unsure of what will happen next. Horrors of old prison movies begin to play in your head. You begin to wonder who you will meet, whether you really do get a phone call, and where you will be held. Remember, stay calm. You will be okay. Knowing the “itinerary” of the next steps will help to ease your mind a bit during your stay.

The Ride

Your First Stay

When you have been arrested, you will be placed in the back seat of the police car for your ride to the jail. The seats are hard and slippery, so brace yourself. Remember, everything you do is recorded inside the vehicle.

The Arrival

When you arrive, chances are that you will sit in the vehicle for a while. This is when your arresting officer will complete any paperwork to register you and wait for approval to bring you inside. You will be searched and asked to change into the “uniform” provided. You will be fingerprinted and photographed, and you will be kept in a holding cell throughout the process. This is known as booking in. Once this process is complete, you will be allowed to make a phone call. Jails vary greatly on their rules and guidelines for this process. Some allow you only one phone call while other will let you have as many calls and as much time as you need.

The Stay

Once your arrival process is complete, you will be taken back into the jail itself. Depending on what time of day you arrive, your experience will vary. You will be given bedding and placed into a cell or you will join population in a large room with other people. If it is meal time you will be shown to the cafeteria or mess hall and then will be taken to population.

When you find yourself in jail for the first time, it can be scary and unnerving. Relax and take the first step to release by calling Bail City Bail Bonds at 303-573-1114. We will take the necessary steps to get you released as soon as possible.

Warrants: Types of Warrants You Need to Know About

Warrants: Types of Warrants You Need to Know About

There Are Certain Types of Warrants to Know About.

A warrant is an order from the court, usually issued by a judge, authorizing an office of the law to conduct a number of legal actions such as arrests, investigating a particular area, and more. There are many different types of warrants that are issued, but there are definitely common ones that everyone should be aware of. Below are types of warrants you need to know about.

Arrest Warrant

One of the most common warrants around is an arrest warrant. An arrest warrant is issued by a judge or magistrate, instructing a police officer to arrest a certain individual. The arrest warrant must have a sworn and signed affidavit in order to arrest a particular person. Usually, the warrant is needed in order to arrest an individual who committed a misdemeanor that did not take place in front of an officer of the law.

Search Warrant

A search warrant is a warrant that is signed by a judge when there is probable cause to search an area for evidence. The biggest takeaway of a search warrant is that a police officer can search someone’s home or other property without them being there or without telling them.

Bench Warrant

When a person fails to appear in court on their scheduled court date, they will be issued a bench warrant. It does not matter what they needed to be in court for, when someone is summoned to court, they must appear on that date and time; this is usually seen as contempt of court. With a bench warrant, it gives police officers the permission to look for and bring the person to court.

If you have recently been issued a warrant that landed you in jail and you need bail bond services in Denver, CO, call Bail City Bail Bonds at 303-573-1114 today.

 

Probation Tips for Success

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Probation represents an alternative to direct incarceration.

Probation represents a great opportunity for someone convicted of a crime. Rather than spend a sentence locked behind bars, the probationer retains his or her freedom. Though it comes with many stipulations, probation allows someone to keep a job and maintain relationships. Many people waste this opportunity, however, as they fail to fulfill their probation-related obligations. To succeed and avoid the revocation of this privilege, follow these probation tips.

Keep Your Meetings

Generally speaking, a probationer will need to meet with their supervising officer at least once a month. This provides the officer an opportunity to check on the probationer’s progress and adherence to guidelines. Try your best to never miss one of these meetings, as an absence could provide cause for revocation. Stay in touch with your officer should you need to reschedule, and never seek to avoid or elude them.

Stay Sober

Probation for any alcohol-related offense will make it illegal for the convicted to consume booze. Throughout the term of probation, one could expect random tests to gauge sobriety. These tests apply for almost all probationers in regards to drugs. A positive result will count as a violation that typically gets reported to the court.

Complete Your Obligations

Probation comes with many obligations aside from meetings and sobriety. The convicted may need to attend counseling, complete community service, pay fees and fines, and keep a steady job. The supervision officer will check progress on all of these. Fall behind, and you set yourself up for failure.

Probation may seem like a trial, but it remains far better than time in jail. However, you can expect an arrest if you fail to follow these probation tips. If this happens to you or someone you know, you will need a bail bond to leave custody. If you ever require a bail bond in Denver, CO, Bail City Bail Bonds has your back. For quick jail release, give us a call anytime at 303-573-1114

What To Do, And Not Do, When You’re Arrested

Cop CarWhen you’re under arrest, especially if it’s the first time, it is very scary and nerve wracking. It’s important to stay calm and keep your wits when you’re headed to jail. Be aware of your surroundings and environment, and make mental notes about the actions and conversations around you. Remembering what to do, and not do, will help the experience be as painless and as quickly resolved as possible.

Don’t Run

Never ever run from the police. You could receive harsher punishment later, and your arresting officers will be irritated and far less helpful.

Do Keep Your Mouth Shut

Do not run your mouth to the officers. Don’t make smart or snide comments, or threaten complaints or retaliation which only angers the officers and makes your arresting experience even worse.

Don’t Go Back For Your Things

If you are arrested outside your home, do not ask the officer to back for keys, phone, etc. Doing this gives the officers permission to follow you and have a look around while they are at it. Leave everything- you won’t need it.

Do Get Information

Glance at your arresting officer’s name, and if you can see it, the badge number. If something goes wrong or your rights are violated, this information will be very important.

Don’t Be Chatty

Once in jail, don’t talk to others around you unless they speak first. Recognize that these people are in the same stressful situation as you, and some may not have the mental health or capacity to deal with it. Starting conversations can sometimes give you more than you bargained for.

Do Remember That Police Are Allowed To Lie

Keep in mind that police are allowed to lie to you in order to get you to admit information. Never give more information than you must, no matter what the police say.

Blood Alcohol Content – What You Should Know

 

Blood Alcohol Content

Your BAC is the result of several factors

Perhaps you were pulled over recently after having a couple of drinks at the bar. You thought you would be fine to drive home. Nevertheless, the cop gave you a breathalyzer test and the next thing you know, you’ve been charged with a DUI. There are many factors that go into blood alcohol content. We will list some of them below. In the mean time, if you or someone you know has been charged with a DUI in Denver, CO, call Bail City Bonds now at 303-573-1114.

How Much Did You Have to Drink?

This is usually the first thing people consider when deciding if they are good enough to drive home. With the advent of car services like Uber and Lyft, it is wise to play it on the safe side if you think you’re nearing the legal limit. The legal limit for persons over the age of 21 in Colorado is 0.08. If the person is under 21, it is 0.02. You should always monitor how much you’ve had to drink throughout the day or night.

Physical Composition and Blood Alcohol Content

Perhaps the greatest factor in determining your blood alcohol content is body weight. A person who is 180 pounds can probably have 2 drinks within the hour and not reach the legal limit, while a person who weighs only 120 pounds will be over the limit with the same amount of drinks.

How Quickly Did You Consume Your Drinks?

Your alcohol consumption rate also plays a major role in your blood alcohol content. The general guideline is that each hour, your BAC should go down approximately 0.015. If you’re right at the legal limit of 0.08, you should be closer to 0.065 with an hour of no drinking. It is important to note that this number may vary.

 

What Is The Best Way To Handle a Traffic Stop?

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In America, we place an incredibly high value on our civil liberties. If we intend to keep them, it is essential that we all stay informed on how to exercise them. While the police are extremely important to our society, and provide an essential service to our justice system, not every officer will look out for your individual rights, and since not all of our laws perfectly reflect desirable values, there may be times that an officer will knowingly break the rules. Today, we’ll discuss the best ways to exercise your rights during a traffic stop.

Remember Your Right To Remain Silent

One of the most commonly known laws, you always have the right to remain silent. According to the Supreme Court, if you intend to exercise this right, you are required to say so out loud, “I am going to remain silent.” Police have the option to use anything you say against you in court, and they often will. If an officer chooses to take what you say out of context, the judge will side with the officer over you.

You Are Not Required To Consent To A Police Search

If an officer realizes they do not have a legal right to search you, they may put pressure on you and ask to search you. Thanks to the 4th amendments, you are protected from unwarranted searches. Even in cases where you have nothing to hide, it is in your best interest to refuse the search. To properly refuse, say out loud to the officer, “I do not consent to this search.” If the officer proceeds to search your vehicle anyway, do not try to stop them. By law, the court should throw out any case where the officer has blatantly ignored your rights.

Ask If They Intend To Detain You

It is against the law for the police to detain you without just cause. If you are unsure if you are being detained or not, simple ask the officer, “Am I free to go?” In some cases, the officer may avoid the question, but remain calm and continue to ask the question every few moments, in a polite, and patient tone. They will either let you go or begin the process of detaining you. If they intend to arrest you, let them know, “I am going to remain silent,” and wait patiently.

If you should still find yourself in jail, Bail City Bail Bonds can help. To find out more about our services, call us today at (303) 573-1114!

Top Benefits of Using a Bail Bondsman

If you want to save money on bail and need help navigating the process, call a bail bondsman! Many people not familiar with bail do not understand what a bondsman does, and some even see them as questionable. The truth is that there are several benefits of using a bail bondsman.

A Bondsman Saves You Money

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One of the most significant benefits of using a bail bondsman is that it saves you money. When you or a loved one is eligible for bail, the judge sets a price based on your charges, prior record, and other factors. There is no way to know exactly what the price will be, and it can range from a couple hundred dollars to many thousand dollars.

Most people don’t have this kind of cash laying around, and getting together the money can be difficult or impossible. This is where a bail bondsman comes in. You pay a small percentage of the full amount, and the bondsman pays the rest. As long as you abide by the bond agreement, you do not need to pay any more than that initial fee.

Advice and Assistance

Bail bondsman are also helpful when it comes to navigating the bail process. This can be especially helpful if this is your first time handling bail or getting arrested. Because bail agencies are regulated and licensed by the state, you can be assured that your bail bondsman is there to help you. Good bondsmen are available to answer your questions and help you 24 hours a day and even have various resources available to help you.

Fast Release from Jail

In many cases, using a bail bondsman to get out of jail is faster than paying bail yourself. Unless you have the cash readily available, withdrawal limits and communicating with family or friends to get the money can take some times. When you need to return to work or the comforts of your home quickly, calling a bail bondsman can expedite the release process.

When you need bail bonds in Denver, CO, call Bail City Bail Bonds at 303-573-1114 anytime!

Your Guide To Choosing A Bondsman

If you are looking for the right bondsman for either you, or someone you know who has had been arrested, there are a couple of important things you need to be aware of when choosing the right bail bondsman…

What does a bondsman ACTUALLY do?

A bail bondsman acts as the defendant’s guarantor, meaning they take on the monetary penalty if the defendant does not make their assigned court date. In addition to acting as the guarantor for the accused person, the bondsman has a responsibility to ensure that they are paid and receive ROI they made off the defendant.

Basically, the bail bond is like a contract between the government and the person who posts the bond – and the bondsman is giving the government a guarantee that the defendant will appear in court at a later date than initially assigned,

What Should I Look For In A Bondsman?

While searching for a great bail bondsman, be aware of a few important issues that should not be overlooked:

  • Be aware of how bond fees work
  • Accessibility of the bondsman
  • Experience in their field and how they execute their job

In the state of Colorado, all bail bonds are recognized as “appearance bonds” in court, and can be posted by the bail bonding agent. “Personal recognizance bonds” and “property bonds” are obtained from a court.

Confirm the bail bondsman credentials, or ask for a referral from a legal representative. Checking the bondsman’s status on the Better Business Bureau is a good way to check for reputation and their honesty before contacting them,

Remember – a good bondsman will work with you and the court to eliminate any worry. When you need a bondsman to help you with you, call Bail City Bail Bonds at 303-573-1114!