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ONCE A DEFENDANT is taken before a magistrate, most often a bond is set, or he or she is released on a written promise to appear in court.
If a secured bond is set by the magistrate, the defendant can call a family member or friend to come and post the bail through cash or property, making him or her an accommodation bondsman who can’t charge a premium for that service.

The alternative is to call a licensed bail bond agent with good bonding policies, who, by law, can charge a nonrefundable fee of as much as 15 percent of the bond being written. While those bondsmen don’t have to pay bail money up front to the state to release defendants, they’re on the hook if defendants don’t show up for court.Bondsman
“When someone is released from custody by a bail bondsman, technically, the bondsman becomes his jailer,” Blalock said. “But we try to work with people as much as we can.”
Once the defendant walks out into the lobby of the jail, he meets with the bondsman, who asks question after question, gathering information about him, where he lives, what he drives and whom he knows. The bondsman explains that he has to show up for court, among other requirements.
If the defendant skips court, the bondsman receives a bond forfeiture notice and has 150 days until the final judgment day to, essentially, go find the defendant, surrender him to the jail and file a motion with the county school board attorney, district attorney and clerk of court stating the bondsman met one of seven reasons to set aside forfeiture:
■ The defendant’s failure to appear has been set aside by the court and any orders for arrest recalled;
■ The charges for which the defendant was bonded have been disposed of;
■ The surety has surrendered the defendant;
■ Law enforcement served the defendant with an order for arrest;
■ The defendant died before the final judgment day;
■ The defendant was serving a sentence with the Department of Corrections at the time of the failure to appear; or
■ The defendant was incarcerated in a local, state or federal detention center at the time of the failure to appear.
Even if the 150 days pass, the defendant is nowhere to be found and the bondsman has to pay the full bail amount, the bondsman still has three years to petition the court and, in some cases, can have the payment remitted, so remember about bonding policies and how they are important.

THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN bondsman and defendant — the bondsman’s client, really — is unique. The bondsmen speak well of their “repeat clients,” the people who loyally call the same bondsman over and over each time they need to get out of jail. They’re clients whom the bondsmen will get up in the middle of the night to bail out, even on a low $300 when there isn’t much profit to be made.

But licensed bondsmen can help each other, a law Blalock, said is among the changes the organization brought about to help bail agents in the state. It’s common for bondsmen to group as much as find clients, usually at no charge to each other. Though some bondsmen, including old school guys, occasionally will go by themselves to pick up clients, Bowman, a combat veteran, said he always takes at least two others — and wears a body camera at that — to protect himself from allegations about inappropriate conduct that some defendants raise that is why bonding policies are a strong part of his business. .

THE RELATIONAL DYNAMIC among bondsmen is a funny one. On one hand, they’re competitors, each trying to get the bonds with the lowest risks and resulting in the highest premiums for their profit. On the other hand, they share information about past clients and go out to help each other with arrests. As more and more surety bondsmen have entered the business with a less established reputation, they’ve lowered the premium from the longtime accepted 15 percent rate and made payment plans commonplace.
“The majority of bondsmen are doing more credit than they’ve ever done,” Blalock said. “Times are hard. There’s more bondsmen. We’re just working with people.” When Blalock started 15 years ago, only three or four bondsmen were working in Cobb County. Now, there are 12 to 15, he said.
Bowman, who worked two full-time jobs for two years to save enough for a security deposit to become a professional bondsman, isn’t thrilled with the rise in surety bondsmen undercutting the 15 percent rate. He mostly stays firm on that rate unless the bond is fairly high, and usually offers deferred payment only to regular clients he trusts. Bowman still remembers the first man he got out of jail on a $500 bond as a professional bondsman, and the $75 premium he was paid, no longer having to work as a runner splitting premiums with an owner of the company.
“I thought I had made it,” he said. “When I first started 23 years ago, we could make a real comfortable living,” Bowman said. But that money doesn’t always come as easy now.
“It’s risk management at the end of the day,” Blalock said, explaining that bondsmen have to do their homework on a defendant before agreeing to write a bond, checking his record to see whether he has previously failed to appear in court. “All of us younger bondsmen hope we can be in business as long as” others have. If you have a need for a bonding company, is here to help you in your time of need.

Apparently Crime Pays!

The District of Columbia is turning to what some say is a controversial and peculiar method to drop its crime rates by making Crime Pay offenders.

The D.C. council unanimously approved a bill Tuesday that includes a program where taxpayers pay residents a stipend not to commit crimes. City officials would pick up to 200 “at-risk” offenders and provide them with job training as well as a cash incentive to stay out of trouble.

Crime Pays @ US Captiol
Crime Pays

The D.C. bill is based on a program in Richmond, California, that pays individuals who’ve been involved in violence and are at risk of getting involved again.

“Firearm assaults are down in Richmond; homicides are down in Richmond. Is (the Office of Neighborhood Safety) responsible?” a reporter asked.

“No, these young men are responsible,” said Office of Neighborhood Safety program director Devone Boggan.

In 2014, the city of Richmond saw a two-thirds drop in homicides since it launched the program in 2007. Showing that Crime Does Pay

According to The Washington Post, D.C.’s bill would cost the city “$3.9 million in the current fiscal year and $25.6 million through the end of 2019.”

The bill didn’t specify the value of the individual stipends. So do we really start making people (taxpayers) foot the bill so they do not get robbed or mugged at gunpoint? No this is another way of hurting the people that make money the LEGAL way and to start committing crimes so they can live off of the government even more. What is the USA coming to, we are all in trouble, everyone quit their jobs and start committing crimes and collect your welfare, and now even a paycheck to not commit any crimes.

By Jamal Andress

Local Kids Shocked By Police

Just like something out of the movies, these kids were star struck when a black SUV pulled into their Gainesville neighborhood. The result of the cop who got orders to head to some local kids making too much noise while playing basketball. He did the unthinkable of what most of us led by the media would think that he would get out screaming at the boys. Instead, he played a couple of rounds with the boys and everyone had a good time. Man_512x512

Then at the morning police briefing in walked a superstar and even shocked the cop when Shaq walked in the door. Heading back to the neighborhood surrounded by more police officers he claimed to have some backup, The kids did not look too impressed and thought they would show the old cops up. Then the unthinkable happened when Shaq got out of the SUV and surprised the children. Even to the point of giving them 100 dollars if they could make 1 out of 2 free throws. These are the things that need to be spread around not all of the negative. Shaq you are an incredible man for the talk you gave to these boys after the game of basketball. Also, to the Gainsville Police department, you made some dreams come true and showed what real cops do in real situations. Thank you for the way you handled your call!

Protect Your Second Amendment Rights

Second Amendment rights in Georgia could take a big change with this bill.


Second Amendment rights in Georgia could take a big change with this bill.

A bill banning certain guns described as assault weapons by the bill’s author is sparking controversy in Georgia.

The new bill was introduced by State Representative Mary Oliver, from Decatur, and it has the support of 15 Democrats who signed the bill.

Not only does this ban the sale of certain guns, but people who own the guns banned by this bill would have to turn them over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigations.

“The Second Amendment is not about quail hunting. It’s about defending ourselves against a tyrannical government,” Patrick Parsons with Georgia Gun Owners said.

According to the bill, anyone caught with one of the banned guns could be charged with a felony.

“I don’t want to blame only the mentally ill on the reality that massacres of children in elementary schools can happen too easily in this country,” Oliver said.

Gun rights advocates have promised to expose legislators, particularly Republicans, who support this bill.

Rep. Oliver told Channel 2’s Lori Geary that the bill was modeled after a law already in place in Connecticut.

Former State Rep. Sean Jerguson sells the type of guns that fall under this proposed ban in Holly Springs.

“The Second Amendment does not delineate as to what weapons you can and cannot own, it gives the right to own firearms,” Jerguson said. “This bill would fly in the face of the Second Amendment.”

Oliver says it’s time for an intellectually honest discussion about what the people of Georgia may want.

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“Because of who my husband is Donald Trump, and our life, and also he is number one in the polls — well, you take that all together, and people are very curious about me,” she told the magazine.

Trump, 45, claims the press confuses her silence for being shy, while her husband has no problem speaking his mind.

“I am not shy. They interview people about me who don’t even know me. These people, they want to have 15 minutes of fame in talking about me, and reporters don’t check the facts,” she said. “You can see how they turn around stories and how unfair they can be.”

While the former model has accompanied Donald Trump on the campaign trail, as well as in a November interview with Barbara Walters, she’s remained relatively quiet, but it hasn’t stopped her from staying informed.

She said her husband’s decision to run for president was a “collective one,” and she likes to be privately involved in his campaign.

“I give him my opinions, and sometimes he takes them in, and sometimes he does not,” Trump said. “Do I agree with him all the time? No. I think it is good for a healthy relationship.”

To many voters’ surprise, she backs his stance on immigration — building a wall on the United States-Mexican border and banning Muslims from entering the country. She came to the U.S. from Slovenia on a work visa in 1996 and became an American citizen in 2006, one year after marrying Donald Trump.

“It never crossed my mind to stay here without papers. That is just the person you are. You follow the rules. You follow the law,” she said. “Every few months you need to fly back to Europe and stamp your visa. After a few visas, I applied for a green card and got it in 2001. After the green card, I applied for citizenship. And it was a long process.”

Donald Trump and Melania TrumpBizuayehu Tesfaye / Zuma Press

Donald and Melania Trump in December

The jewelry designer may have finally opened up, but she remains cautious on not revealing too much. When asked about her future in the White House, she said, “If it happens, we could discuss it then, but I take it day by day.”

She does, however, believe her husband has what it takes to be “an amazing president.”

“He is a great leader — the best leader, an amazing negotiator,” she said. “America needs that, and he believes in America. He believes in its potential and what it can be, because it is now in big trouble.”

gun control

Doctors can report some mentally ill patients to FBI under new gun control rule
By DAVID PITTMAN 01/04/16 06:05 PM EST Updated 01/04/16 08:21 PM EST

Delivering on its promise to deliver “common sense” gun control, the Obama administration on Monday finalized a rule that enables healthcare providers to report the names of mentally ill patients to an FBI firearms background check system.
The action was one of a series of steps that President Barack Obama had called for in January 2013 in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., shootings to curb gun violence, but the rule was not published until today.

While the 1993 Brady law prohibits gun ownership by individuals who have been involuntarily committed, found incompetent to stand trial or otherwise deemed by a court to be a danger to themselves or others, federal health care privacy rules prohibited doctors and other providers from sharing information without the consent of their patients.
Under the rule, which takes effect next month, for the first time health providers can disclose the information to the background check system without legal repercussions.
“The disclosure is restricted to limited demographic and certain other information needed for NICS purposes,” the rule states. Disclosure of diagnostic or clinical information is prohibited.

Obama rolls out gun control strategy

Paul Gionfriddo, chief executive of the mental health rights advocate Mental Health America, said he believes the White House strikes the right balance between the need to have this information shared with the FBI’s background check system and protecting individuals’ privacy.
Current law allows HIPAA exclusions for law enforcement purposes, but it’s a broad exclusion.
“That could be a barn door opened quite wide if an administration really wanted to open it, and they didn’t,” Gionfriddo said. “The administration has taken great pain to try to clarify that there is very limited information that would be reported only within a very limited group.”
Since the Newtown shootings, the number of mental health records submitted to the FBI system has tripled to more than 3 million records, according to an analysis by Everytown for Gun Safety, a group promoting an end to gun violence. The FBI system resulted in more than 6,000 denials of firearm purchases because of mental health criteria.

police carIt is a commonly held belief that warmer weather means increased crime. There have been studies dating back to the late 1800’s about this correlation. Many Criminologists agree – crime is higher in the months of July and August… which we know are hot months here in Cobb County. What the studies cannot explain is the reason behind this uptick in crime. Here are a few theories that may be the cause:

  1. The Out and About Theory – The correlation may be due to the simple fact that people are out of their homes more. When people are out and interacting with other people, there may be more opportunities for crimes to happen.
  2. The School’s Out Theory – It may also have to do with the fact that kids are not in school during the summer. This theory suggests that these young people get bored and commit crimes they would not have time to commit during the school year when they are focused on schoolwork, sports and clubs.
  3. The Hot Temper Theory – The last theory, although less mentioned in studies, suggests that people are more likely to get angry or agitated in hot weather, and therefore more likely to violate the law.

There is an interesting outlier to these studies. The month of December also sees an uptick in criminal offenses. Why? Social scientists say it could be an increase in shoplifting or domestic crimes that may be related to the Holiday season.

Whatever the reason, at Falcon Bonding, we will be there to help you make bail if you or your loved one is arrested. Even though we might get a little bit busier the next few months, our quality of service will not wane. We pledge to continue to treat all parties involved with respect, even in the Metro Atlanta and Marietta, Ga heat!

bail rightsAt Falcon Bonding, believe that our job as Bail Bondsmen is to uphold a portion of the Bill of Rights – the 8th Amendment the Bail Rights. As you know, the first 12 Amendments of the Constitution enumerate specific rights that are protected for U.S. Citizens. The 8th includes two important aspects that protect individuals who are suspected of a crime:

  1. The Government cannot use cruel and unusual punishment as penalty for a crime.
  2. The Government cannot hold someone without excessive bail.

This means, the Constitution also protects the concept of bail rights and protects citizens from being held in jail and punished, before they are actually convicted of a crime. It means if you do get arrested, your 5th Amendment right that you are innocent until proven guilty, is upheld.

The idea of bail rights was an important development in the Middle Ages. It was conceived at a time when sheriffs could imprison their people regardless of how severe the crime was. Bail prevented tyranny by prohibiting local leaders from locking up people just because they disliked them. The concept of excessive bail originated in the English Bill of Rights in the 1600s after Judges began setting exorbitant bail that people could never meet. When the United States Bill of Rights was drafted, they copied the wording almost exactly: Excessive bail shall not be required.”

The interpretation of “excessive” has been interpreted that the bail amount should fit the crime for it to be fair. But even with this assurance, fair bail does not necessarily mean affordable bail. If you do not have the cash or property on hand to gain your freedom, we are here to help you. We want to ensure that no matter your income bracket or your physical assets, you can enjoy the Constitutional assurance of being innocent before proven guilty. If you need help posting bail, call Falcon Bonding for a consultation.

“The Heart of the Matter – Bail Bonds”

arrestYou are stopped by a police officer and realize you could be facing incarceration…

Fear takes over…

Your heart starts beating rapidly…

You begin to imagine how this will affect you and your family…

The heart of the matter: At Falcon Bonding, we understand that getting arrested can be frightening and we hope it never happens to you. But if it does, the best thing you can do is stay calm and remember these three facts:

1. You are presumed innocent until proven guilty. The constitution provides that as a U.S. Citizen, you should not be punished until you have a chance at a fair trial and are proven guilty.

2. You have the right to know the charges against you. You cannot be detained without specific charges.

3. We are here for you. As licensed bondsmen and bail bonds agents, we consider it our duty and privilege to uphold these rights by helping you get out on bond before your trial. We know that getting arrested can be a traumatic experience for you and your family, so we work hard to treat everyone involved with respect and courtesy. We know that an arrest and the bail bonds process can be confusing, so our highly trained staff take care to explain the process to both you and your family members.

Bail Bonds can be expensive – not everyone has that kind of money laying around. So, our services include fair and affordable pricing for our services and including payment options. In fact, we are considered the cheapest licensed Bail Bond Company in Cobb County!

If your loved one has been arrested, time is so important. We can help you through the process quickly, so your friend or family member can begin working on their defense. Your first step is to get them out of jail, so call us at 404-524-5789.

At Falcon Bonding, we are proud of the part we play in the United States judicial system.  Our service is an important part of upholding the Bill of Rights of our Constitution. The founding fathers thought the concept of bail – and the ability to post it—important enough to list it in the Eighth Amendment, which states:

“Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.”

rightsThe ability to post bail also ensures that a person is not suffering the punishment of imprisonment before they are proven guilty. It allows the imprisoned to go free until they can be a part of the fair trial that Constitution also enumerates.

Bail bonds are an agreement between a person who is arrested and the court system, set by the court make sure that a person returns for appointed court dates. If you pay the bail amount, you can go free until trial.

Our company provides a way for everyone, no matter what amount of money they have on hand, to the right to Bail listed in the Constitution. We know that not everyone has a large sum of money lying around to pay for a bail bond. So, our part in this process is helping out the majority of the people who cannot afford the up-front bail cost. We help post bail for you or your loved one.

We are proud of our role in the court system. We understand how the process works and we keep you informed. We are committed to treating you with respect and professionalism, because we know that this can be a difficult time in your life.

We hope you never have to use a Bail Bonds company, but if you do, we hope you will contact Falcon Bonding. a company proud to uphold your Constitutional rights.

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1651 Powder Springs Rd SW
Marietta, GA 30064