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Fugitive Latwanda Patterson Wanted in Hanover General District Court on Felony Charges

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Fugitive Latwanda Patterson Wanted in Hanover General District Court on Felony Charges Fugitive Latwanda Patterson failed to appear in the Hanover General District Court on March 29th, 2017 on felony larceny charges. Latwanda Patterson is currently a fugitive from justice after jumping bond in the jurisdiction of County of Hanover, Virginia on 2 counts of […]

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Maryland Bail and the Shameless Attorney General

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As a Virginia bail bondsman, I don’t keep up with Maryland politics. However, I caught this December 9 interview of Maryland attorney general Brian Frosh on the Marc Steiner Show. The topic was Maryland bail reform. The Annapolis Summit will begin this coming January 11, and attorney general Frosh is hoping to influence the Judiciary […]

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Fugitive Brandon Smith Wanted in Richmond General District Court

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Fugitive Brandon Smith failed to appear in the Richmond/Manchester General District Court on October 25, 2016. Brandon Matthew Smith is now a fugitive from justice after skipping court in the Richmond/Manchester General District Court in Richmond, Virgina. He has three felony charges, all of which are for forgery and other manners of theft. He is […]

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Bail Reformers and Lame Journalism

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The bail reformers are alive and well with the intent to end commercial bail. Their claim is commercial bail is the reason the poor a stuck in jail awaiting trial. That is simply not true. Unfortunately, the media is filled with journalists who may know how to write, but either lack the intellectual curiosity to […]

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The Quick Skinny on Bail Reform

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In a previous blog post, I detailed the truth about pretrial services, from its’ history to its’ current form of punishment before trial. Defendants who go through pretrial services soon understand they are effectively placed on probation before the trial. It makes a mockery of the ‘innocent until proven guilty’ principle as defendants are immediately […]

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Suspending Driver’s Licenses of the Poor: The Poor Versus the DMV

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A legal battle is proceeding at the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia between four low-income Virginians and the commissioner of the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. Last July, the Charlottesville-based Legal Aid Justice Center, who are representing the four plaintiffs along with McGuireWoods Law Firm, filed a lawsuit against the Virginia’s […]

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Update: Hanover/Henrico Fugitive Comfort Goody Caught

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On December 22, 2016, Ms. Goody was apprehended in Ohio and brought back to the Pamunkey Regional Jail in Hanover, Virginia. As of this writing, she is awaiting charges in the Hanover and Henrico courts. Fugitive Comfort Goody failed to appear in the Hanover General District Court on October 5, 2016. She then failed appear […]

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Military-Imposter Fugitive David Curtis Wanted in Richmond Manchester General District Court

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Fugitive David Curtis, who also falsely claims to have been in the military, failed to appear in the Richmond Manchester General District Court on September 23, 2016. David Holiday Curtis is now a fugitive from justice after jumping bond in the jurisdiction of City of Richmond, Virgina for a failure to comply probation violation. Curtis […]

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The Inconvenient Truth about Pretrial Services (Part 1): History, Perception, and Reality

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For the past fifty-plus years, pretrial services agencies have encroached on America’s criminal justice system, establishing themselves in local jurisdictions throughout the country. Their impact on our justice system is pernicious and largely misunderstood. I thought it necessary to explain and simplify it for those not familiar with the implications of being arrested. This description comes in […]

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The Inconvenient Truth of Pretrial Services (Part 2): Performance and Fallacy

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Performance: Private versus Public Private bail has always out-performed public pretrial release in terms of lower fugitive rates. 18 percent of felony defendants released on surety bonds initially failed to appear in court (private), compared to 26 percent of those released on their own recognizance (public) and 30 percent released on unsecured bonds (public), according […]

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Style Weekly

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I had the privilege of being the subject for the cover story in the August 2, 2016 edition of Style Weekly. It was written by Jackie Kruszewski. This was a learning experience which was filled with both enjoyment and anxiety. Last December, I self-published my book, You Arrested Me for What?. After it was featured […]

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Update: Chesterfield Fugitive Jessica Oliver Caught

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On February 9th, 2016, Jessica Oliver skipped court in the Chesterfield Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court for felony larceny and breaking and entering charges. Since then, she’s been on the run, spending most of her time in Memphis, Tennessee. In July of 2016, she came back to Chesterfield county on a bus, where she was […]

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Georgia Amicus Brief Filed in Defense of Bail

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On June 22, 2016, former U.S. Solicitor General Paul D. Clement filed an amicus brief defending the Eight Amendment’s Constitutional Right to Bail with the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. This was filed on behalf of the American Bail Coalition, the Georgia Association of Professional Bondsmen, and the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association. […]

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How the Pretrial Services Movement is Exploiting the Poor using Bail Reform

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Trends come and go, and what has always been trendy is sticking up for the less fortunate. That’s generally a good thing; help the poor and downtrodden. However, there have always been charlatans and frauds who pretend to be the selfless benefactor while, in fact, profiting towards their own selfish agenda and causing harm to […]

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Update: Richmond City Fugitive Brandron Brown Caught

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Last August, it was posted that Brandon Brown skipped his court date in the Richmond City Circuit Court on August 25th, 2015 on felony drug charges. It was also noted that Brown was wanted by the Richmond City Police Dept for arson and attempted murder. Brown is currently awaiting trial for drug changes in the […]

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Fugitive: Anthony Hernandez Wanted in Richmond General District Court on Felony Charges

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Fugitive: Anthony Hernandez Wanted in Richmond General District Court Anthony Estiva Hernandez failed to appear in the Richmond General District Court on March 4th, 2016 on felony drug charges. Anthony Estiva Hernandez is currently a fugitive from justice after jumping bond in the jurisdiction of City of Richmond, Virginia for felony drug charges. His last […]

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Wanted: Jessica Oliver on Felony Charges in Chesterfield Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court

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Jessica Oliver failed to appear in the Chesterfield Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on February 9th, 2015 on felony larceny and breaking and entering charges. Jessica Lynn Oliver’s date-of-birth is 12-09-1979. Please call Aarrow Bail Bonds at 804-833-2785 if you have information on Jessica Oliver. If your information leads to apprehension, a cash reward will […]

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A Bail Bondsman’s Call to Arms – Analysis of Congressman Lieu’s No Money Bail Act of 2016

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As Congressman Lieu’s No Money Bail Act ominously looms in the halls of the house of representatives, I thought I would give an analysis of Congressman Lieu’s No Money Bail Act of 2016. First of all, the bill number is H.R. 4611 and it’s been referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and […]

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A Bail Bondsman’s Call to Arms – Congressman Lieu – No Money Bail Act of 2016

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A press release was issued on February 24, 2016 stating that Congressman Ted Lieu (D – LA County, CA) has introduced the “No Money Bail Act of 2016”, a bail bonding reform bill which, if passed, could mean the end commercial bail in all fifty states. The press release is vague on details, but if […]

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Deception: McAuliffe on Inmate Phone Calls

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The governor issued a press release (Governor McAuliffe Announces Further Reduction on Inmate Phone Call Rates) in late December announcing the new contract. The state of Virginia has apparently negotiated another contract with the exploitively shameful company Global TEL*Link (GTL). In doing so, Governor McCalliffe continues to perform a shakedown on the families of Virginia […]

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Happy New Year from Aarrow Bail Bonds

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Happy new year everyone. I thought to wrap up 2015 with a post of how Aarrow Bail Bonds did and what’s in store for 2016. Started in 2011, Aarrow Bail Bonds has continually grown in both revenues and number of bonds written. To say it’s been a learning and fulfilling experience is an understatement. Aarrow […]

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Chesterfield Police and Court Fees

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Whenever I have a personal “brush” with the law, I note it here in my blog post. I’m not exactly John Dillinger, so to keep this blog active, I mostly write about other topics. But alas, with the help of the Chesterfield police, I have another brush-with-the-law post to write. I got ticketed a couple […]

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You Arrested Me for What?

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From back cover of my book, “You Arrested Me for What?: A Bail Bondsman’s Observations of Virginia’s Criminal Justice System“. When someone is arrested, is it right to place that person on parole while he or she is awaiting trial? If someone cannot pay a fine, should that person’s driver’s license be suspended? Does Chesterfield […]

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How to Become a Bail Bondsman in Virginia

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I often get asked how to become a bail bondsman in Virginia, so I decided to write this post describing the basic, high-level steps to do it. As the title implies, bail bonding is regulated by each state, so this article applies only to becoming a bondsman in Virginia. Bail bondsmen in Virginia are regulated […]

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Fugitive: Brandon Brown on Felony Charges in Richmond Circuit Court

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Fugitive: Brandon Brown on Felony Charges in Richmond Circuit Court Brandon Brown failed to appear in the Richmond City Circuit Court on August 25th, 2015 on felony drug charges. Brown has also caught the attending of Richmond Police. From a story on WTVR 6 about Brandon Brown, Brandon Brown is wanted by the Richmond Police […]

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Revoke a Bond

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While bonding someone out of jail, one of the common questions I get from the cosigner is what happens if they want to revoke a bond, so I thought I would write an article about it. There a multiple ways a bond can be revoked. Judges can revoke bonds, as well as bondsmen. However, this […]

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Three Inmates Died at the Richmond Jail

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Last week, three inmates died at the Richmond jail. The deaths occurred within 72 hours. According to the Richmond Times Dispatch, an email news release was sent on Thursday, July 16 from the Sheriff’s Office stating that three prisoners died “over the last 72 hours” inside the Richmond Justice Center. Maj. Jerry Baldwin, a Richmond […]

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Jail Jokes

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Time to lighten things up a bit again with some criminal justice humor.  Hope you enjoy some these jail jokes. Jail Mail A prisoner in jail receives a letter from his wife: “Dear husband, I have decided to plant some lettuce in the back garden. When is the best time to plant them?” The prisoner, […]

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Bondsman News

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Recently, there’s been bail bondsmen making news, both locally and nationally. So I thought I would post a bail bondsman news article. Outlaw Country Singer Randy Howard Dies in Shootout With Bail Bondsman Several national news outlets, including The Blaze, has reported a country music singer was killed in a shootout with a bail bondsman. […]

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When Not to Bail Someone Out of Jail

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There are many articles about how to bond someone out of jail, including this one – How Bail Bonds Work in Virginia. However, very often, the best thing to do is not post bail. This article gives some guidance and examples of when not to bail someone out of jail. It’s important to understand that […]

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Wanted: Robert Woodson on Felony Charges in Henrico Circuit Court

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Fugitive: Robert Woodson on Felony Charges in Henrico Circuit Court Robert Woodson failed to appear in the Henrico County Circuit Court on April 7th, 2015 on felony larceny charges. He’s believed to have moved to California. He’s proved himself to be an accomplished liar with few rules of morality. It’s one thing to skip on […]

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Former Henrico Deputy Sentenced for Sexual Misconduct

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The Richmond Times Dispatch reported on April 29, 2015 that a former Henrico Deputy was sentenced for sexual misconduct with an inmate. True-Asia Daniels, age 31 of the 6400 block of Oak Front Court in Henrico, was sentenced to 2 years in jail. She had worked as a Henrico County deputy for seven years. While […]

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$50,000 Bond on a Richmond Manslaughter Charge

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A Richmond Circuit Court Judge granted a $50,000 bond on a Richmond manslaughter charge. A tragic event occurred on Monday, April 13, 2015 on Grove Avenue in Richmond, Virginia at approximately 2:45 PM. According to a Richmond Times Article, Robert Stevens Gentil, was traveling eastbound on Grove Avenue, at a speed of over 70 MPH, […]

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Henrico Circuit Court Judge Clears Morrissey of Felonies

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It’s time for another Joe Morrissey news update, and it’s good news for Mr. Morrissey. The Richmond Times Dispatch reported that a Henrico County Circuit Court Judge cleared Morrissey of all felony indictments. The judge threw out the charges because they stem from Morrissey’s plea agreement to the charge of contributing to the delinquency of […]

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Good Police Videos

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With all of the news stories about Ferguson and it’s aftermath, it’s obvious there’s a lot of ill will toward police officers right now. As a bondsman, I hear it all, and I understand how the actions of a over-zealous cop can cause hardship for people. I told of minor incident I had with, what […]

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New Richmond Police Chief

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On February 2, 2015, Richmond, Virginia Mayor Dwight C. Jones announced the appointment of the new Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham. Mayor Jones spoke proudly of Alfred Durham’s experience and credentials. Specifically, Mr. Durham’s credentials include: worked in Richmond serving on former Chief Rodney Monroe’s leadership team from 2005 to 2007, worked in Richmond graduate […]

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Virginia State Penitentiary in Richmond

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I thought to write a historical blog about the Virginia State Penitentiary in Richmond, Virginia. Many people in Richmond don’t know that the state pen used to be right here, near downtown Richmond. Quite frankly, in knowing the history of it, it’s not really something most Richmonders would want to boldly hold up as a […]

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Joe Morrissey of Richmond Virginia Update

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During the last six months, if you’ve paid any attention to the local news in Richmond, the story of Joe Morrissey’s scandal with his 17-year-old receptionist couldn’t be avoided. About a month ago, I posted a fairly detailed blog about it, along with an overview to Morrissey’s tumultuous career in Richmond and Henrico, Virginia. Included […]

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Update: Richmond Fugitive Caught

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Update: Richmond Fugitive Caught Last October, I placed a wanted post for a person who had skipped court in in the Richmond Manchester General District Traffic Court. This is an update the Richmond fugitive, Clarence Taylor. Clarence Taylor has been apprehended by the Chesterfield County Police and was booked in to the Chesterfield County Jail […]

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Joe Morrissey of Richmond Virginia

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What seems to be taking up most of the local news is the Joe Morrissey of Richmond, Virginia scandal. Since this what the news of the day is, I thought to understand exactly what happened, where it stands, add some context, then throw in my two cents. Joe Morrissey of Richmond Virginia – Sex Scandal: […]

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Chesterfield Virginia Crime of Animal Cruelty

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In a story by Ben Orcutt, a Chesterfield Virginia crime of animal cruelty was reported in the 12-3-2014 edition of the Chesterfield Observer. A Chesterfield County woman, Meda A. Williams, 34, is free on personal recognizance while awaiting trial. As of this writing, the next court date is an adjudicatory hearing on December 11, 2014 […]

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Best Jail Songs

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In a previous post, I created the Best and Worst Bail Bond Video Awards, according to me. So in a similar vein, I thought to create a Best Jail Songs blog, of what I believe to be the best jail songs of all time. I have to admit, this is not exhaustive. In fact, I’m […]

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Old Chesterfield Jail

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As a bondsman serving the greater Richmond area, I’ll admit I’ve become a bit of a criminal justice nerd. In fact, I took time out of my Saturday to tour the Old Chesterfield Jail, which is part of the Chesterfield County Museum, located at the Chesterfield County Government Center Complex. Not that there’s anything weird […]

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Wanted: Clarence Taylor for Failure to Appear

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Fugitive: Clarence Taylor for failure to appear in Richmond General District Court. Clarence Eugene Taylor is currently a fugitive from justice after jumping bond in the jurisdiction of City of Richmond for felony and misdemeanor offenses. He’s believed to be residing in Richmond area, in a Motel. He jumped bond on relatively minor charges. He’s […]

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Police Lineup Policy for Eyewitness Identificition

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I came across an article in the Richmond Times-Dispatch (dated 10-22-2014) about the shortcomings of the police lineup policies for eyewitness identification. The article, posted Oct 21, 2014, is from the Associated Press. This is one of those topics that, unless you work in this field or have been directly effected by either being placed […]

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Cameras for Police

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Technology continues to change and shape our lives. Technology is like fire, it can be good or it can be bad. A topic that fits this model is the public use of cameras by state and local authorities. It sometimes feels we’re under constant surveillance by authorities; Orwell’s 1984 is here. However, it can’t be […]

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Local Crime News

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Local Crime News – Suspicious Man at RF&P Park Last Saturday, the Richmond Times Dispatch posted that an older white male was being sought for suspicious behavior after allegedly approaching three girls last Thursday. This occurred at RF&P Park, located 3400 block of Mountain Road. The man was apparently driving a green Ford Ranger and […]

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Richmond City Jail Is Open

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> The Richmond City Jail is Open for Business After many delays, the new Richmond City jail opened on July 28th. All of the inmates were moved from the old jail to the new. The jail, named the Richmond City Justice Center, is located directly behind the old jail. The six-story structure is built to […]

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Henrico VA Crime News – Shots Fired near Regency Square

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Shots Fired – Henrico VA Crime News The Henrico VA Crime news for this post focuses on shots fired in the Regency Square Mall area. According to an NBC12 News article, dated August 7, by Brent Solomon, two men have been arrested and charged for shots fired just outside the Regency Square Mall. The details […]

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Best and Worst Bail Bond Videos

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Aarrow Bail Bonds is pleased to announce the best and worst bail bond videos. We’re evaluating a top videos pertaining to the Bail Bond industry. We also have a category for the worst bail bond videos as well. Note: Last updated 01-05-2016 Criteria The criteria for the best video is simply entertainment value and message […]

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Chesterfield Crime News

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Chesterfield Crime News – Child Porn On Friday, July 11, the Richmond Times Dispatch posted a story of a 25 year-old Chesterfield man being sentence to serve nine years for possessing and distributing child pornography over the Internet. Chesterfield Circuit Court Judge Timothy Hauler sentences Nathanial A Toth to 20 years in prison with 11 […]

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Police Practices and the Impact

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A couple of months ago, I was unfortunate enough to have an incidental interaction with the law. In this case, it was the Richmond Police. I was riding in the passenger seat as my sixteen-year-old son, equipped with a learner’s permit, was driving my old Honda Civic. Typically when he drives, I have my radar […]

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Jail Humor

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There’s nothing really funny about being incarcerated. Aarrow Bail Bonds takes this seriously and are committed to helping people get their loved ones out of jail fast, with as little pain and hassle as possible. Having said that, humor can be found in most all things, including bail bonding and jail related situations. So we […]

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Car impounded after an arrest – how to get it back

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Was your car impounded after an arrest? You may want to get it back as soon as possible. Among obvious reasons for getting it back in your possession is also a financial one: you’ll be charged storage fees for your car. So the longer it remains unclaimed, the more expensive it will be to get […]

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King William, Henrico Arrest Ten for Home Invasions

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The Richmond Times Dispatch has reported that 10 arrests were made for violent home break-ins for in the counties of Henrico and King William. The cooperation between Henrico and King William investigators were credited for the successful apprehension of the suspects. The King William robberies were done by several individuals, and were then connected to […]

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Knowing the 4th Amendment May Keep Out of Jail

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I had a recent client who was picked up on a drug charge.  He was pulled over for a routine stop.  His girlfriend was in the passenger seat.  A “friend” was in the backseat.  After the routine part of the stop was over, the officer asked permission to search the car.  He knew his car […]

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Update: Andre Blackwell for Failure to Appear

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Andre Blackwell was apprehended by the Norfolk Police Department and is currently incarcerated at the Norfolk City Jail. The arrest occurred on March 26, 2014 and charged with obstruction of justice and contempt of court. He currently has no bond. These charges are in addition to the Richmond Circuit and Viginia Beach Circuit charges. Prior […]

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Do you Get Your Bail Money Back?

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As a bail bondsman, I receive a lot of calls from people who are completely unfamiliar with bonding someone out of jail. This is a good thing to be unaccustomed to. However, when someone is suddenly in need of a bondsman, you just want answers. I often get asked, “Do I get my bail money […]

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Wanted: Andre Ray Blackwell for Failure to Appear

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Fugitive: Andre Ray Blackwell for failure to appear in two jurisdictions. Andre Blackwell is currently a fugitive from justice after jumping bond in the jurisdictions of Virginia Beach and the City of Richmond for felony and misdemeanor probation violation offenses. He’s believed to be residing in Richmond, sponging off of relatives and friends. He jumped […]

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Virginia Bail Bond Laws

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These are the Virginia bail bond laws as derived from the Virginia state statutes as they pertain to bail bonds, bail bondsman and the profession of bail bonding. As with all professions in the United States, there are certain rules we all live by. As a bail bondsmen in Virginia, we must abide by the […]

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Eliminate Bail in Richmond Will Cost Taxpayers

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The city Prosecutor has drafted an outline to eliminate bail for non violent offenders. This soon-to-be Richmond policy will have a negative effect on bail bond industry in Richmond, Virginia. And the negative effect will not be just on the bail bondmen, but on the entire community as a whole. Alarmingly, the current Richmond City […]

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