Archive for the ‘Celebrity Bail Bonds’ Category

Bail or Jail for the Blade Runner

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Oscar Pistorius also known as “Blade Runner” because of his accomplishments as the first double leg amputee to participate in the Summer Olympics, was charged with the premeditated murder of Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day this year. His daily court appearances before a South African magistrate displayed the emotional impact and toll to all parties involved, including a stunned following who celebrated the determined athlete during the Olympics. Yet, just as stunned were the fans who embraced his reality show girlfriend for her beauty and charm.

South Africa and the United States have two different justice systems, yet when the chief magistrate granted Pistorius bail of 1 million rand or $113,000 in US Dollars, the decision showed a fundamental value that many countries hold regarding bail. The magistrate said Pistorius also must hand over his passports and turn in any other guns that he owns. Pistorius cannot leave the district of Pretoria without the permission of his probation officer. Nor can he take drugs or drink alcohol.

South Africa’s court system takes root in Roman-Dutch law. Defendants have no option of a jury trial, which is common in the United States and other countries. A single judge hears the entire case and then rules on a person’s guilt or innocence. The judge can be assisted by two advisers who can offer assistance in viewing the more technical aspects of the evidence during the trial. If found guilty, a person can later appeal the ruling or sentence. South Africa abolished the jury system in the 1930s because of racial politics. Only white people were allowed to sit on juries and there was no hope of black defendants being given a fair trial.

In the U.S., the Sixth Amendment to the Constitution, much like the English Habeas Corpus Act of 1679, requires that a suspect must “be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation.” This allows a suspect to demand bail if accused of a bailable offense. Bail laws vary somewhat from state to state, but generally, a person charged with a non-capital crime is presumptively entitled to be granted bail. Some states have enacted statutes modeled on federal law that permit pretrial detention of people charged with serious violent offenses, if it can be demonstrated that the defendant is a flight risk or a danger to the community.

For all the sensationalism the “Blade Runner” case has generated, and no doubt will continue to generate, it must not be forgotten bail is a highly sought prize not only in court cases in the United States, but around the world. The pre-bail experience can be troublesome to anyone. No matter who the accused is, there is a constant need for a support system through legal assistance and a qualified bondsman. This is especially true in the U.S. where bail bondsmen have worked for years to professionally serve and deliver for their clients.

Whatever we take away from the “Blade Runner” case, we should realize the court system can be a lonely place for the famous and unknown. We should remember legal proceedings are hardly a big show, much less in a heart-wrenching case.

Lindsay Lohan LA County Jail Bail Saga Continues

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Looks like overcrowding at the LA County Jails has allowed Lindsay Lohan to receive a get out of jail card in her most recent game of Crime and Punishment with the LA Superior Court.  Lohan, the child actress and now famous bad girl who has recently posed for Playboy, served only 4.5 hrs of a 30 day sentence for violating probation in a DUI case and theft of a necklace.  The 25-year-old actress was booked into the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood California at 8:58 p.m. and was seen leaving in a chauffeured Escalade a little past 1:30 a.m.  According to Sheriff’s Department spokesman Steve Whitmore, Ms. Lohan will be booked and released because she is a nonviolent offender with a less then 90 day jail sentence.  Also noting that overcrowded conditions at the LA Jails means less room for those less serious offenders regardless if they are celebrities or not.

This is not the first time she was released due to overcrowding.  Back in 2007, she was charged with seven misdemeanors, sentenced to rehab, 36 months probation, 18 months alcohol education, 10 days community service and one day of jail.  When she reports to the same facility for her 24 hour stay, Lohan is released after 84 minutes due to overcrowding. Lindsay’s legal programs began in May 2007 with a DUI and possible cocaine possession charge.  In all, she has paid $615,000 in bail since that time for a variety of charges ranging from felony grand theft to violating the terms of her probation.  In this most recent incident, her probation was revoked for failing to perform her community service obligations and a $100,000 bail bond is issued and posted.  In all she has had a total of 5 jail sentences since 2007.

If she meets all the terms of her probation which includes 480 hours of community service currently being done at the County Morgue and attend therapy sessions, she will be done with her probation for her 2007 DUI and 2011 theft charges by April 2012.

Daryl Hannah Gets Bailed Out of Jail for Tar Sands Protest

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Actress Daryl Hannah was bailed out of jail recently after refusing to move off the sidewalk in front of the White House, where she and other protesters were gather to demonstrate against  a planned oil pipeline which purportedly will run from Canada to the U.S. Gulf coast.

The actress, known for her work in such movies as “Splash” , “Roxanne” and “Kill Bill” has been arrested and bailed out of jail for protesting other environmental causes such as the destruction of a Los Angeles California urban community garden in 2006, and again in 2009 for a mountaintop removal in West Virginia.  Many consider the tar sands project to be an environmental disaster in the making, both for Canada and the US.  Oil extraction methods in Canada would create extensive damage to the forests where the oil is located.  In the US where the pipeline would cross the entire vertical length of the US,  oil leaks would be more toxic to the environment than those that occur offshore.

Say what you will about her acting career. Personally, I find it refreshing that a celebrity is using her star power to draw attention to a cause bigger than herself as opposed to the many ‘celebutantes’ who end up being jailed and bailed for drug and alcohol abuse who then rant about their supposed violation of entitlement.(yes you: Charlie,Lindsey,Xtina!)

Daryl, the next time you need a bail bondsman, give us a call. We’ll give you a special “save the planet” rate,okay?

Bail Bond Agent Sues Dog the Bounty Hunter TV Show

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Dog the Bounty Hunter makes the news once again.  Last time we checked he was doing the suing, now Dog is being sued. Duane “Dog” Chapman claims that he is “the world’s most famous bounty hunter” in large part due to the popular TV series: “Dog the Bounty Hunter”. To prove this point, Dog and his family cast members sued the law firm they hired for legal services related to the A&E television series. Their claim is the law firm they hired to represent them in legal matters related to the show breached their fiduciary responsibilities by illegally paying out commissions to an unlicensed talent agent for over 10 years.  In other words, Dog and his family don’t take kindly to someone else taking a cut on his profits from the show.

Now the tables have turned and Bobby Brown who is a Colorado Springs bail bonds agent is suing the creators of the TV series for $75,000 in damages.  Brown, the bail bondsman, claims that he appeared in more that 40 episodes of the show and was only paid $6000 in total and was never compensated for the episodes shot in Colorado.  Brown feels that he was used by the show’s creators for their own gain without fulfilling promises of compensation for his contributions to the show.

In a related story, Dog and his wife have got Randy Quaid, famous Hollywood Actor, in their bounty hunting sights.  Randy Quaid and his wife have skipped bail in the US on a $5,000 vandalism charge and are asking for asylum in Canada.  The Chapmans are also in Canada apparently looking for Quaid but claim they will not apprehend him in Canada.  Lessons learned we surmise from their arrest in Mexico during another famous person manhunt across US borders. Where by the way, they posted bail and left the county seeking asylum in the US from Mexican authorities after their arrest in Mexico.

Dog the Bounty Hunter Posts Bail Bond for Nicholas Cage

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Can we stand one more story about a celebrity meltdown? Actor Nicolas Cage was arrested Saturday in New Orleans on charges of public drunkenness, domestic violence, and disturbing the peace. (Is making bad movies a bailable offense?) Apparently the bad boy star of both memorable films ( Leaving Las Vegas, Adaptation) and box office bombs ( 8mm, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin) was taken into police custody after grabbing his wife’s arm and insisting that they were renting the address in front of them (they weren’t) trying to pull her inside. When police arrived on the scene, an obviously inebriated Cage dared the cops to arrest him ( how can that not end badly?). The local law was willing to let it go, telling Cage to go home, when he repeated his dare, and the cops willingly obliged.

Bail was set at $11,000 for the man also known as Charlie Sheen’s best friend ( that’s a character reference?) which was posted by none other than reality TV show star Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman, well known bail bondsman, and no stranger to legal problems himself. Within 8 hours, Cage was released.

‘Dog” was quoted as saying he was a dedicated fan of Mr. Cage, and refused to grant any interviews about his client. He claimed to just be doing his duties as a bail bondsman, and it had nothing to do with his show, he was merely ‘making a living.’  He explained that there were two sides to his job: releasing clients after they have been arrested, and picking them up if they don’t appear in court. He did not believe that the latter would be the case with Nicolas Cage.

Following Cage’s bail-out, “Dog’s” wife Beth posted a message on her Twitter account stating that her client was released after 8 hours from the New Orleans jail, stating that she felt it was a long time. Typically, 8 hours is NOT a long time to be released on bail, there are county jails in California where 12 to 24 hours are the norm.