Ok, so we all make mistakes right? I know I do. And I made several that night. The good news is that I learned a lot and was able to give a friend much better advice and save them the headache that I lived through when his time came to be in the market for a bail bond. Let me tell you how it all went down.
It started innocently enough, met the guys from the college days at a local pub to celebrate an old buddy’s bachelor party. We had a little dinner, and a couple of drinks and a lot of laughs. It was nearing closing time so I had a glass of water and felt like I was OK to make it back to my apartment, just seven miles away. As you can guess, not two miles from the parking lot I got the worst view of my life. All I could see was flashing red and blue in the rearview mirror. Mistake number one began to rear its ugly head.
As quick as a flash, I was blowing for a breathalyzer test and taking a long and solemn ride to the police station. After a mug shot, fingerprinting and being booked for DWI I was led to a holding cell to wait. With all that time on my hands, I started thinking about what I was going to do. It was then that I remembered something that would prove to be a hiccup in this whole process. Unpaid parking tickets. I just had three or four from trips downtown, but had never gotten around to paying them. This was not going to help.
That little issue did not make the judge happy and he set my bail amount in excess of the cash I had access to. I suppose I had proven myself dishonest and he wasn’t going to let me get away with much. I made my one call to my roommate to see if he could round up the cash to post bail and get me out of jail. No such luck. I’d seen several of those bail bond places on the way in and got hold of a phone book to call one. I chose the guy with the biggest ad and he said he’d help me out, to the tune of a fee of five percent of my bail amount. Mistake number three. I knew I needed to get out of jail and I did not want a bounty hunter after me for not paying him back, so I hired him and borrowed funds to pay every penny I owed him.
It wasn’t over there, because then I had to hire a lawyer to try to get my fine and penalty reduced. I was hoping he could prove that my breathalyzer was inaccurate. So, after paying the bail bond guy now I had to pay a criminal defense attorney too. It was like I was bleeding money.
Good defense attorneys will post your bail and maybe even get the bail amount lowered for you. Plus, you avoid paying a bail bond agency that extra fee since your lawyer can consider that cost along with the cost of your defense. These days, I tell everyone I know to find a criminal defense lawyer that you trust and keep their number handy…just in case. You’ll want that guy to help you defend yourself in court, so he might as well be the one to post your bail. It’ll save you time and money in the long run for sure!