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Identity theft is still a problem today. According to a 2019 study by Javelin Strategy and Research, 14.4 million people in America fell victim to identity fraud in 2018, representing a total of $14.7 billion dollars in losses.

But how is it that so much crime happens during the holidays? Many people observe the chaos of the season and determine to take advantage of the shopping rushes, charitable giving, and unoccupied homes to commit acts of crime spanning the whole nation. Even with the police ramping up their vigilance during the holidays, somebody's holiday out there is ruined by those on the loose during this festive season.

Here's a list of the top five most common crimes during the holidays and how to avoid falling victim to them.

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Are the conditions in Dallas County jails really all that grueling? 

Lew Sterrett Justice Center is one of Dallas County's largest jails, otherwise known as the gloomy compound sitting alongside Trinity River. Constructed in 1993, it's a relative eyesore on the river. And in January of last year, Shannon Daves, a homeless and unemployed resident in Dallas County, found herself trapped inside. Without the money to pay for her $500 bail for alleged shoplifting from Macy's, she had to wait out her unconvicted sentence behind the bars of Lew Sterrett. 

Daves described the path she went on to the local ACLU during her time of arrest in Lew Sterrett. Needless to say, it wasn't pretty.

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According to national statistics, two-thirds of all of the people behind bars have not been convicted of a crime.  Although the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution prohibits excessive bail, the price range remains just out of reach for many Americans who still simply can't afford to pay it.

High bail costs are a huge reason why arrested, non-convicted citizens stay locked up for months or years at a time. But don't give up hope. Here are several things you can do when you or someone you know can't afford to pay bail.

Hire a Criminal Defense Lawyer 

Bail amounts are not set in stone. Anyone can hire a criminal defense lawyer to plead their case before the judge and request a lower bail. Your criminal defense lawyer can successfully work with the court to negotiate a lower bail amount. If the bail amount places an undue economic hardship on the defendant, for example, the bail may be lowered, but that decision ultimately rests with the judge.

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Failing to appear in court will forfeit your bail bond deposit, return you to jail, and force you to put money down on a new bail bond. With consequences like these, who would miss a court date?

According to research by the Bureau of Justice from 1990-2004, the vast majority of defendants who miss their court date isn't because they're trying to flee town. Here are a few reasons why people often miss their court date, even when the stakes are high.

Defendants Have Extenuating Circumstances

Prosecutors often say that suspects failing to appear in court is a means of evading justice. But oftentimes, it's extenuating circumstances that keep folks from showing up in court.

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Governor Greg Abbott called for statewide bail reform after Texas officer Damon Allen was killed in 2017. The man who killed Allen was previously convicted of assaulting an officer in 2015, as well as ramming into a deputy's vehicle two years later. For the first conviction, he served one year in jail. For the second conviction, he was released on a $15,500 bond, according to Smith County local news. However, the issue highlighted was the fact that the judge allowed bail. Because the man who killed Allen was clearly a risk to the public, he should not have been given the option. The judge who set the bail said he was unaware of the man's previous convictions.

The proposed bill—titled the Damon Allen Act—surfaces as several counties in Texas (as well as municipalities across the country) fight lawsuits challenging their existing bail practices. Harris County, which includes Houston, recently announced dramatic changes to its current bail practices. These specifically address its detainment of defendants accused of minor offenses.

RELATED: The Damon Allen Act: 2019 Bail Reform in Texas?

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The heated debate around Dallas' bail bond system has been an ongoing issue for several years now. After a series of lawsuits (and counter-lawsuits), both Dallas and Harris County are finding themselves torn in the middle of an inconclusive back-and-forth—a limbo, if you will. Today, Dallas lawmakers and county officials are planning to implement a new system; one that strikes a balance between our current bail process and one that eliminates bail for detainees considered 'flight risks,' or a 'danger to society.'

For context, Governor Greg Abbott introduced the Damon Allen Act in 2018, named after a Texas State Trooper who was gunned down by a violent criminal recently released on bail. Because the murderer's previous charges included assault of a deputy sheriff, the crime's controversial nature prompted Texas lawmakers to propose limiting bail options to specific, non-violent individuals.

While this particular bill is still being debated, one thing is certain: the algorithm-based system determining who can get a bail bond—which other counties and states already use—is likely a big part of Dallas's future. Here are a few things you need to know about this system, and why it's a big deal.

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If you found out about an active warrant for your arrest, you may have a hundred thoughts running through your mind. For what? Is the Dallas Police Department (DPD) looking for you? Can you drive?

Before anything, you must know exactly why you have a warrant, and what it's for. Depending on who you are, you may know exactly what it's for. Other times, it may simply be due to forgetting to pay a ticket (which is common). Before you take any steps towards trying to resolve this situation, you must know the details of your warrant. Some examples of key information you need to know are:

  • Why you have a warrant
  • When it became effective
  • Which district, county, or state it applies

While your warrant notice (the letter) states all the above information, it never hurts to learn more. With your unique case number (as stated in the letter), you can find your detailed records either online or over the phone.

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If you've recently been arrested, we understand the last few days were tough. This is especially true if you missed work—and even worse if you didn't get to call your boss ahead of time. While it's a terrible thing to happen, it happens to the best of us. The folks at Doc's Bail Bonds fully understand the gravity of this scenario and have seen it play out thousands of times during our field of work—which is why we've decided to share some advice on how to keep your job after an arrest.

We're aware most bail bond companies don't have true concern for the overall well-being of their clients, perhaps feeding into the common stereotype of The Greedy Bailbondsman™️. However, there are many benefits when working with an honest, genuine, and reputable bail bond company—such as free advice. That's why we've compiled a short list of ways to tell your boss about your arrest safely.

First, what do we mean by 'safely?' This means it's done in a way that is both honorable and honest; two very distinct traits most celebrated by most employers in North Texas.

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While it's indeed more affordable to live in Texas, there is one thing the state slaps a high price tag on—crime. Committing a crime in Dallas county can accrue thousands of dollars in fines and fees, regardless of severity. Of course, one could theoretically save money by staying in jail—although that involves months, even years at the Dallas County Jail (or another detention facility). In fact, according to a national survey, around 70% of people detained in United States jails are only there because they can't afford bail. Ignore the fact that this theoretically means only 30% of current inmates are actually violent, hardened criminals—70% can't afford bail.

What's even more upsetting is of that 70%, how many do you think know they can get a bail bond without paying for it in full? Although most facilities set their bail at 10% of the total bond, it's still a lot of money to have to pay. Take this into consideration: the highest possible bond for a misdemeanor is typically set at $2,000. So, someone arrested for a minor crime has to pay upwards of $200 just to get out. This doesn't include any additional fines and fees, such as court costs and state taxes.

Many Ways to Get a Bail Bond

When you take this into account, it makes sense why so many remain in jail despite committing a small crime. However, it doesn't have to be this way. Many are unaware of the vast array of options available to them when it comes to bail bonds. Despite bail bond amounts usually being large, many bail bond companies offer alternative methods of payment. Of course, this isn't true for all bail bond companies; a lot of times, bail bondsmen only seek profit and thus refuse to offer any amenities or alternative methods of payment. This results in hopelessness, more stress, and jail time.

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In August of 2018, Texas Governor Greg Abbott proposed the Damon Allen Act. This bill wants to protect police officers—and communities—after a Texas trooper was murdered by a convict with an extensive criminal record last Thanksgiving. In fact, there are now two sets of bail reform bills named after Texas troopers killed by a criminal—out of jail on bond. Both instances were for assaulting a sheriff's deputy. The criminal who killed Texas trooper Damon Allen didn't only have prior convictions of assaulting a sheriff's deputy, but also had convictions for assaulting a public servant and evading arrest.

The reason this hardened criminal was free on bond despite these violent charges was due to miscommunication. The Justice of the Peace in this situation was unaware of his criminal history—and his past convictions. It's been said this potentially highlighted some issues of magistrate information access.

Texas Known to Slam Bail Reform

This isn't the first time bail reform laws were proposed. In 2017, Texas lawmakers tried to pass extensive laws reforming the bail bond system, which failed. Since then, there have been several lawsuits against Texas counties (that were successful). In fact, two of Texas' most populous counties—Harris and Dallas—were at the front lines of those lawsuits. Federal judges in this case claimed the reform attempts to be unconstitutional. However, with recent events, this topic is making new rounds. Lawmakers predict that in 2019, bail reform issues will return to the headlines as Texas legislators renew their platform—once again sparking the long-disputed call to reform bail bond laws.

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If you've ever been charged and arrested for a crime in Dallas, you know how time-consuming—and expensive—it is. This is especially true in Dallas and Collin County, where there are hundreds of inmates detained in jail for long periods of time—even for small crimes. In fact, according to a national survey, 70% of inmates detained in United States jails have not been convicted of a crime. While this is largely due to affordability and expensive bail bonds, there's another factor many forget. Many inmates end up staying in jail for long periods of time because of slow paperwork. While a small amount of this is due to understaffing, the main reason for slow paperwork is the bail bonds companies themselves.

After being arrested in Dallas County, inmates most likely go to the Dallas County Jail. Of course, this depends on the nature of the crime and the criminal themselves. Even paperwork for the smallest of crimes—involving jail time—can take too long for most bail bondsmen. A class A misdemeanor (the most severe of low crimes) results in up to one year in jail. While misdemeanors may be seem easy to process, for many bail bondsmen, they're not.

Don't Wait in Jail

However, people arrested for a crime don't have to wait in jail at all. Doc's Bail Bonds is not only open 24/7, but is the fastest bail bondsmen in Dallas County. While many think getting a bail bond is all about the money, they forget about how crucial the time factor is. Below are three basic reasons why time-sensitivity is the most important feature in a bail bonds company:

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Picked up on a criminal charge in the city of Wylie? The first course of action will be to make sure you're properly 'booked' (i.e., fingerprinted, photographed, charged, etc.). From there, it becomes a guessing game as to whether you'll be granted bail or what the amount of your bond will be. The next step rests squarely in the hands of the city's magistrate judge. He or she will hold a formal hearing. Here's what you can expect.  

What You Need to Know About the Wylie Municipal Court

The Wylie Municipal Court is where most hearings will take place. If it's a less serious (class C misdemeanor) crime, then you'll likely be staying in the Wylie City Jail. Otherwise, you'll be held for a maximum of 72 hours and either released or transferred to the Collin County Detention Center. Within 24 hours of booking, however, the judge has a decision to make. And that's where the magistrate's hearing comes into play.

What the Magistrate Will Determine

The Magistrate Judge will expect you to be on your best behavior and adhere to the court's rules of etiquette, which are available at this link. Some examples:

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The Richardson Jail is located at 140 North Greenville Ave. If you end up here, one of two things will happen. You'll stay for the entire duration of your arrest and/or bonding period (class C misdemeanors only), or you'll be transferred to a county holding facility until those determinations can be made.

But what goes into determining your bond eligibility, and what should you do when/if bail is set? In the following article, we'll be examining the answers to these questions so if you or someone you love should ever need the 411 you'll have it. Let's go.

Key Stats About the Richardson Jail Facility

The Richardson Jail is located in the same area as the city's police department. Holding periods are short-term. They're not equipped to hold inmates for longer than 72 hours. To help speed along the process, the RPD will book you and set up an arraignment date at the municipal court nearby.

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The North Texas city of Plano is one of the larger suburbs in the DFW Metroplex. Located just 20 miles north of downtown Dallas, it can sort of blend in. That can cause a degree of confusion if you get a call from your loved one telling you they've been arrested.

You probably think your loved one will know what your next steps to help them should be. But unless they're a veteran at being incarcerated, that's unlikely. Jurisdiction can be a confusing thing, so we've put together a handy-dandy blog post to help out. Here's what you can do to find out if your loved one is in the Plano City Jail as well as what you should do about getting them out.

What You Need to Know About the Plano Jail

Despite the city's substantial size, the city jail is just a short-term detention center. You're not meant to be here for any longer than 72 hours, regardless of the crime. If your loved one has been picked up for something like small-scale theft (less than $50, a class C misdemeanor), then they'll be staying here for the duration until bonded out or a hearing date can be set.

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Northlake is a nicely-kept secret in Denton County. Located just northwest of Grapevine Lake, it's a quiet place with less than 2,000 people and beautiful scenery. Nevertheless, it's not completely trouble-free, and if you find yourself in the middle of it, you may need a bail bondsman to help take care of the problem.

Chances are you know how it works if you live here. But when you're trying to help a loved one who's been incarcerated from out-of-town or out-of-state, you may not know how everything works. In the following article, we'll be shedding light on it.

Northlake Bail Bondsmen Are Few and Far Between

Given the small size of Northlake, many bail bondsmen don't bother providing service there. Most of the action is in the metropolitan areas, so that's where they turn. We look at it a little differently here at Doc's. People everywhere need a helping hand, especially when they've been charged with a crime (either justly or unjustly).

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Lewisville is a town of about 105,000 in the DFW Metroplex. Like many of the suburban communities in the area, it houses a city jail designed for short-term incarceration. If you are charged with a crime, you can expect to stay from 1-3 days before you're either released on your own recognizance or transferred to the Denton County Detention Center.

For most inmates, each day spent in jail is a day too long. It's the Doc's mission to help you limit your time away from family, work, and other obligations. So, if you need bail services at either detention facility, here's how to go about getting it.

Collect the Necessary Information

Doc's Bail Bonds is a company with a long history of being able to navigate the bail bond system. That said, you'll save yourself a lot of time and trouble if you have certain information available ahead of time. Here's what we're looking for in order to expedite the request:

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The Justin City Jail located at 415 North College Ave. is a part of the city's police department. It's not designed for long-term holding, but it can still be a tough way to spend a night. If you have been picked up on charges, you want to spend as little time there as possible. But many are intimidated by the bail bond process because they're not sure of how it works and big numbers are thrown around when discussing costs.

In the following article, we're going to pull back the curtain on what you can expect to pay, particularly regarding felony charges. But first...

How Justin Deals with Felonies

If you have been picked up on a felony charge, don't expect to spend very long at the Justin City Jail. It's a three-day max 'vacation.' Except it's not a vacation. It's a high-security facility as the JPD keeps it fully staffed at all times. You'll be held there for as long as it takes to get a release on your own recognizance or to post bond. If you can't afford to post bond and you're unwilling to hire a bail bondsman, then your next stop is the Denton County Detention Center.

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The city of Aubrey is home to just under 3,000. As such, it's the type of place where you can get around quickly. That fast pace carries over into the bail bond system. If you have been picked up and charged with a crime, you can expect a short stay before being shipped off to the county detention center or released on your own recognizance.

Either way, one day inside of a city jail is too many. And the faster you can get the paperwork filled out and the bond paid, the better.

A Matter of Minutes

So just how long does it take to bail your loved one out of city jail (or get yourself bailed out)? The answer varies, but it depends largely on how quickly you can reach out to the Doc. At Doc's Bail Bonds, we are equipped to pursue a speedy release through a combination of knowing the bail system and having an extensive network within the law enforcement community.

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The Allen Police Department handles all crime committed within the city limits, but that doesn't mean you'll end up staying at the city jail. Your ultimate 'resting place' is going to depend on the crime you've committed, the length of your stay as determined by a judge, and your ability to pay the bond.

But it all starts with the booking process. In the following article, we'll address what you can expect if you're unfortunate enough to get arrested and charged with a crime. Let's boogie.

What You Need to Know About the Allen Jail

Allen is not a terrifically huge city. The population is around 85,000. People formally charged have two choices as far as places to stay are concerned, and neither of them is particularly charitable. The first is the city jail itself, housed at the same location as the police department. The address is 205 West McDermott. You'll be here for about three days for a class C misdemeanor. After that, you'll either be released or transferred to the Collin County Detention Center.

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Posted on in Legal News

There are competing views bail reform in the state of Texas. Gov. Greg Abbott recently threw his support behind the Damon Allen Act, named for the Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper, who was killed in the line of duty in November 2017.

Abbott's support for the bail reform measure states a goal of keeping the most violent felons from being released. But critics have argued it could go too far and end up keeping nonviolent persons in jail longer than the current system. 

While considerations are still underway — you can read more about the Abbott measure here — it highlights a growing desire to see the process changed. This desire stems from some in our industry who work to take advantage of underprivileged individuals who find themselves under arrest and facing charges. 

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