Richmond City Tough on Bail Bondsmen
Sitting across a cold, well lit room with sheriffs posted out side, the judge accusingly eyed the man across the bench. “Where is he?” the judge assertively stated.Bail bondsmen in the state of Virginia are on the line when it comes to bringing alleged criminals back to court. Show cause hearings are issued when an individual fails to appear in court. They are issued in no more than 45 days from the breach of the condition of appearance. Another ‘skipper’ in Richmond and bail bondsman are called to account. Richmond judges are on spot, holding bail bondsmen responsible for what they do.
“When a person, under recognizance in a case, either as party or witness, fails to perform the condition of appearance thereof, if it is to appear before a court of record, or a district court, a hearing shall be held upon reasonable notice to all parties affording them opportunity to show cause why the recognizance or any part thereof should not be forfeited. The show cause notice shall be issued within 45 days of the breach of the condition of appearance. “(§ 19.2-143)
Vladimir Tarabay, with Fast Bail Bonding in Richmond says, “As hard as you try to make good decisions, there are always some who slip through the cracks.” FAST Bail Bonding and their agents write over 100 bails each month. They fight hard to keep the number of skippers low. “Sitting in front of a judge explaining why someone isn’t in court means that somewhere we dropped the ball. We take seriously our duty to ensure our clients make it back to court. ” reflects Mr. Tarabay.
A show cause hearing isn’t the last step in the process.
If the court finds the recognizance or any part thereof should be forfeited, the default shall be recorded therein, unless the defendant or juvenile is brought before the court within 150 days of the findings of default.
There is time to work and help the client find his/her way back to court. Bail bondsmen are active each day bringing at-large citizens back to court to face the charges brought against them. “This is where other pre-trial options fail.” says Mike Haskins of Free Bird Bail Bonds. The private sector bail profession is on the line to bring back the skippers. We keep the process moving effectively in the right direction.”
“This is where other pre-trial options fail.” says Mike Haskins of Free Bird Bail Bonds. The private sector bail profession is on the line to bring back the skippers. We keep the process moving effectively in the right direction.”- Mike Haskins, Free Bird Bail Bonds
Virginia bail bondsman bear the risk- both financially and personally. Retrieving those who fail to appear in court in other pretrial release options is expensive and at the expense of the taxpayer. “If we don’t do it, somebody will have to retrieve them.” says Mr. Abbott. “More sheriffs and longer delays in the judicial system are the unseen result of other systems. Professional bail bondsmen may not be perfect, but what we have works well and is efficient.”
The clock is ticking. FAST Bail Bonding is on the line to bring a client back to the courts. If a bail bondsman can’t bring the accused back to court, they are responsible for the full bail. Mr. Tarabay, is polite about the situation. He looks up with almost a twinkle in his eye and says, “This is my job, I’m a bail bondsman- It’s what I do.”
Written by Mike Haskins
Editor of the Virginia Bail Bonding Association and co-owner of Free Bird Bail Bonds,llc