“Avoid the 13” Cracks Down on Drinking and Driving in Sonoma County

December 13th, 2010 | Written by Bail Bonds Blog

Sonoma County, California – As the holidays move into full swing, Sonoma County police are executing a DUI enforcement task force operation known as “Avoid the 13.” “Avoid the 13” is a collaborative enforcement and education effort made between 13 police departments throughout Sonoma County. The goal: Reduce alcohol-involved fatalities and injuries while raising public awareness of the hazards involved with drinking and driving. Participating law enforcement agencies include police departments from the cities of Cloverdale, Cotati, Healdsburg, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Sonoma and Windsor; the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department; Sonoma State University Police Department and the Santa Rosa Junior College Police Department; and the California Highway Patrol. This holiday season, the “Avoid the 13” efforts will begin starting Monday, December 17 and run through Monday, January 3. Efforts to eliminate drinking and driving will consist of increased DUI checkpoints plus two extra police officers on duty specifically to enforce DUI-related crimes. If you’re out celebrating, be sure to appoint a designated driver and travel safely. Have a safe and wonderful holiday season from All-Pro! http://www.sonomanews.com/news/article_43e987f8-0ca5-11e0-8c15-001cc4c03286.html

San Bernardino Bail Bond Proposal

October 1st, 2010 | Written by Bail Bonds Blog

San Bernardino Proposal Would Charge Bail Agencies San Bernardino, California – The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors are considering a proposal to charge bail bond agencies a fee for posting jail board ads in the county detention facilities. Currently, all San Bernardino County jails provide a jail board, which alphabetically lists the services of local bail bond agencies approved by the California Board of Insurance. San Bernardino County jails presently feature a list of 135 bail bond agencies, none of which are charged for posting their jail board ad. The proposed ordinance would require bail bond agencies to be charged $50 per month for each ad posted in the four-county jails, as well as $10 per month for each ad posted at the sheriff stations. A sheriff’s custody specialist would be responsible for monitoring the jail board list, verifying licensees, printing list updates, and collecting fees. If implemented, the proposal would generate $97,200 annually.  

Controversial CO Bail Bond Measure

September 15th, 2010 | Written by Bail Bonds Blog

Larimer County, Colorado – Controversy is brewing in Colorado over Proposition 102– a November ballot measure seeking to change the handling of criminal defendants awaiting trial in Larimer County. Colorado Bail Bond-Related Measure Sparks Controversy Proposition 102 would ban judges from assigning defendants to pretrial services on unsecured bonds with the exception of first-time offenders accused of non-violent misdemeanor crimes. In contrast, only defendants utilizing surety bonds obtained through a bail bond agency for a fee would be able to be assigned to pretrial services. As background, pretrial services involve the screening and examination of a defendant by a bond commissioner who determines their flight risk and potential community threat if released. Under a personal recognizance bond, defendants promise to appear in court with no monetary commitment between the court and the defendant. Under a surety bond, defendants utilize the services of a bail bond agent, who agrees to guarantee the appearance of the defendant in court or pay the court the entire bond amount. Opponents of Proposition 102 argue that the measure would lead to defendants spending increased jail time, ultimately leading to higher jail populations and increased state costs. Supporters of Proposition 102 point to public safety issues of offenders being released from jail on personal recognizance bonds. County commissioners on Tuesday, September 14 unanimously approved a resolution against Proposition 102.

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