Pretrial Services: Virginia’s Boondoggle

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Last updated on March 31st, 2018 at 01:52 pmFor anyone cynical about government programs taking a functioning system, making it worse, then as a solution to the problems it caused propose more of what made it worse, knowing how Virginia’s pretrial services agency functions will only validate that cynicism. Pretrial Services has existed in Virginia […]

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Bail Reformers and Lame Journalism

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Last updated on November 3rd, 2016 at 05:40 pmThe 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 […]

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The Quick Skinny on Bail Reform

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Last updated on November 4th, 2018 at 07:18 pmIn 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 prior to being convicted. It makes a mockery of the […]

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The Inconvenient Truth about Pretrial Services: History, Perception, and Reality

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Last updated on March 3rd, 2018 at 04:42 pmFor 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 […]

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Style Weekly

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Last updated on August 29th, 2016 at 11:18 amI 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 […]

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Chesterfield Police and Court Fees

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Last updated on May 11th, 2018 at 06:15 pmWhenever 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 […]

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You Arrested Me for What?

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Last updated on December 27th, 2015 at 09:43 pmFrom 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 […]

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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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Revoke a Bond

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Last updated on August 21st, 2015 at 11:32 amWhile 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 […]

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When Not to Bail Someone Out of Jail

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Last updated on September 11th, 2015 at 10:00 amThere 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 […]

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Virginia State Penitentiary in Richmond

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Last updated on February 24th, 2015 at 12:32 pmI 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 […]

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Joe Morrissey of Richmond Virginia Update

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Last updated on May 11th, 2018 at 06:24 pmDuring 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 […]

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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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Last updated on May 11th, 2018 at 06:24 pmWhat 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. […]

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Old Chesterfield Jail

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Last updated on February 22nd, 2015 at 11:14 pmAs 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 […]

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Cameras for Police

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Last updated on December 29th, 2014 at 12:45 pmTechnology 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; […]

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Police Practices and the Impact

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Last updated on November 4th, 2018 at 07:53 pmSeveral years ago when my son was just starting to drive, I was unfortunate enough to have an incidental interaction with the law. In this case, it was the Richmond City Police. I was riding in the passenger seat as my sixteen-year-old son, equipped with a learner’s […]

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Car impounded after an arrest – how to get it back

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Last updated on October 31st, 2018 at 11:49 amWas your car impounded after an arrest? You’ll want to get it back as soon as possible, as you’ll be charged storage fees for your car. The longer it remains unclaimed, the more expensive it will be to get it. The process for getting it back varies […]

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Knowing the 4th Amendment May Keep Out of Jail

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Last updated on October 31st, 2018 at 11:31 amI 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 […]

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Do you Get Your Bail Money Back?

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Last updated on October 30th, 2018 at 11:44 amAs 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 people find themselves suddenly in need of a bondsman, they just want answers. I […]

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