California Assembly Bill 42 Opposition

April 24th, 2017 | Written by Bail Bonds Blog

All-Pro Bail Bonds is leading the fight against proposed legislation that would eliminate the bail industry, drive up taxes, and increase crime in the state of California. Assembly Bill 42 would allow state judges to decide if someone should be released on their own recognizance or kept behind bars because they are too dangerous to be set free. The bill is modeled after one in New Jersey. Proponents say it would keep defendants who can’t afford bail from being held indefinitely before the trial process. Opponents say the bill comes with a hefty price tag and safety concerns. The proposed bill would require counties to conduct pre-trial assessments to determine whether someone arrested is a safety threat or at risk not to show up for court. Based on that, the judges would decide whether to release the inmate. While the legislation is aimed at reducing jail costs and overcrowding, critics say it is extremely expensive to implement. Steffan Gibbs, CEO of All-Pro Bail Bonds say, “a recent study by Towson University shows the annual cost to operate a pre-trial division in New Jersey is $215 million . This money comes from the New Jersey taxpayers. If this legislation passes in California, which is four times larger, you can imagine annual costs of no less than $860 million”. Gibbs is also concerned about the safety risks. Early results in New Jersey show an increase in crimes committed by people who were released on their own recognizance. Gibbs spoke to two San Diego television stations, kusi.com and nbcsandiego.com about the bill. The bill has already passed committees in the state senate and state assembly. At a hearing regarding AB 42 on Tuesday, April 18th, more than 150 bail agents voiced their opposition to the bill. In addition, lawmakers involved in the process received more than 100 letters opposing the measure. Now it moves to the Committee on Appropriations. Besides the bail bond industry, the legislation is opposed by a number of law enforcement officials, including the district attorneys in San Diego and Los Angeles and the California Attorneys’ Association.


Judge writing a bench warrant

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Merced Court

June 27th, 2014 | Written by Bail Bonds Blog

The Merced Court is a courthouse of the Merced County Superior Court of California. The court handles matters in the criminal, family law, jury services, traffic, civil, administration, court investigation, finance, human resources, judicial support and juvenile divisions. Merced is a medium-sized city in California, and it is home to over 255,000 residents. The Merced Courthouse is located on 2260 N Street, Merced, CA 95340. The presiding judge of the Merced Courthouse is currently Judge Brian L. McCabe. The court is open on 7:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays. There is a court calendar available online so that defendants can check their scheduled court dates. An after-hours drop-box is also available for defendants who may need to pay a fine or file an important court document after hours.


Oakland Court (Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse)

June 24th, 2014 | Written by Bail Bonds Blog

The Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse is a courthouse of the Alameda County Superior Court of California. The courthouse is located on 661 Washington Street, Oakland, CA 94607. There is parking available between 7th and Jefferson Streets, but visitors should be aware that there is a parking fee of $6.00 per day. The Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse handles criminal and traffic infraction cases. The courthouse is open on Mondays through Fridays, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A document drop box is available from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Alameda Superior Court offers Children’s Waiting Rooms (CWR) to keep children occupied while a parent conducts court business. The Children’s Waiting Room is provided for the use of parents and guardians at no cost. In the Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse, the CWR is located on the third floor. The CWR is in operation on Mondays through Thursdays, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Friday, the CWR is only open from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


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