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10 Crazy Laws That Will Leave You In Disbelief

Of course we know there have to be laws in place to help regulate society. But with all the laws that have been passed over time, you would probably wonder if all the laws are still applicable today.  Here are a few laws in the state of Michigan that could be considered a bit unusual.

  1. A person that is 12 years or older can possess a license for a firearm as long as they have not been convicted of a felony.
  2. If a robber is hurt on your property, they can file a lawsuit.
  3. In Detroit, it’s against the law to scowl at a woman.
  4. It’s illegal to serenade your girlfriend.
  5. It is illegal to throw an abandoned hoop skirt on the sidewalk or street. Violators will be fined $5.
  6. It’s illegal to use profanity in front of women or children.
  7. In Rochester, all bathing suits have to be inspected by head of police.
  8. Pigs can not roam freely unless they have a ring Gavelin their nose.
  9. To destroy an old radio is illegal in Detroit.
  10. You can not paint sparrows and sell them as parakeets.

As you can see, there a few laws that are a bit outdated, to say the least. But as humorous or unlikely as they may seem, they are real laws. So if you ever find yourself violating ANY type of law, old, or new, you’re likely to be arrested, jailed, and in need of bail services. If you or someone you know is ever in need of bail bond assistance, don’t hesitate to give All American Bail Bond Agency a call at 855-264-2245.

5 Sure Signs of a Good Bail Bondsman

When you or a loved one gets arrested, the last thing you want to do is worry with details while you try and get bail money. But a quality bail bondsman can post bail for you. You just have to find one you can trust. Here are five sure signs that you’ve found the right bondsman to work with.

1. They’re a Pro

You can usually tell if someone is professional, because they speak with confidence and present themselves with pride. If your bail bondsman is less than courteous, or if they appear dirty or unkempt, just move along.

2. They Give Info Freely

Honest people have nothing to hide. When you ask a bail bondsman how long they’ve been in business, or what their rating is with the Better Business Bureau, they should be forthcoming with the information.

a photo of a scale and a judge's gavel3. They Have a Current License

All bail bondsmen must be licensed by their State’s Department of Insurance. You can check online to see if their license is current. If it has expired, that’s not a good sign; the bondsman might not pay attention to detail, or might be trying to scam you.

4. They Aren’t Afraid to Share Reviews

Every company gets a handful of negative reviews, but if the good outweighs the bad, keep on looking. If you have friends or family who have used a bail bond service before, ask them about their experience.

5. They Let You Make the First Move

If a bail bondsman approaches you at the jail, it could be a sign that they are desperate for business. Even if they say they are representing a loved one that has been jailed, talk to that loved one before you give the bondsman money.

If you’re in need of bail bond services in Detroit (or across Michigan), give us a call any time!

3 Times Kids Got Themselves, Or Others, Into Legal Trouble

Kids say and do the darnedest things. Sometimes, they do pretty bad things. And other times, they totally tell on others who are doing bad things, whether they realize it or not. Here are three examples of kids getting themselves — and others — into trouble!

The Special Medicine Plant

a picture of a budding marijuana plantAn 8 year old Vermont boy was only too happy to tell his school officials about the plants he helped his mother’s boyfriend grow: special medicine plants that could cure anything. This sounded a bit fishy, so the officials called the police, who went to the boy’s home and found several thriving marijuana plants. Let’s hope the boy forgets this early lesson in horticulture.

Doctoring the Teacher’s Drink

Three vengeful tween girls from Florida were arrested and charged with felonies after they conspired to get their teacher all choked up. The girls, all aged 12 at the time, cooperated to distract the teacher and put ground red pepper flakes into her drink. The teacher, who had previously disciplined one of the girls, suffered throat and stomach pain late into the evening.

Mommy Lied

a picture of a child pulling a snarky faceAudrey McColm was driving unsteadily with her 7 year old son when she was pulled over by Illinois police and asked if she had been drinking. McColm said that she had not, but her 7 year old son disagreed. “Yes you have, Mom!” said the child. McColm was charged with neglect of a dependent. One has to wonder if she regrets teaching her child that honesty is a virtue!

The adults and the tween girls in this story were definitely in the wrong, but sometimes you can be arrested for no good reason. If you find yourself in a spot of trouble, please call us so we can help you out!

 

Financing Bail to Secure Your Freedom

agreement, handshakeThe team at All American Bail Bond Agency understands that you may need bail anywhere at any time, which is why we are available to post your bail 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in nearly every county in Michigan. Here we walk through the basics of financing bail to help you make bail a reality, even on a tight budget.

Many elements surrounding a person’s charges are considered when a judge is deciding their bail amount. A highly important element in the bail process is the likelihood that the defendant will return for trial if they are released on bail. However, bail is often set at a large amount. This is to encourage the defendant not to skip trial so they do not risk losing a significant sum of money.

Finance FAQ

Posting bail can take several forms, including paying the court the full bond in cash, being released on personal recognizance, or paying a fraction of the bail bond through a bail agent. Our licensed agents have years of experience with the Michigan bail system, so we are able to quickly guide you through the process while you pay only around 10% of the total bail cost.

If you are ready to post bail without breaking the bank, call our team today at 855-264-2245! 

Ex-Olympian Released On $688 Bail While Facing Murder Charge

Oscar PistoriusThe Blade Runner, the Fastest Man on Zero Legs, or Oscar Pistorius: whatever name you know him by, Pistorius is also now known as a convicted murderer. Oscar Pistorius rose to fame in 2012 after being the first double amputee sprinter to compete in the able-bodied Olympics. First, he was convicted of culpable homicide, but his conviction was later appealed. He was then convicted of murder and released after posting the $688 bail bond that was set by a South African judge.

Bail is set in South Africa by a judge, just as it is in the United States. As Pistorius had agreed to await his trial on house arrest, the judge set a low bail amount due to the low possibility of Pistorius fleeing. In the American bail process, flight risk is also considered, along with the nature of the charges, the defendant’s past history with the law, and many other factors that are relevant to the case.

If you or a loved one need bail in Michigan, let the professional team at All American Bail Bonds be your first call. Call us 24/7 at 855-264-2245!

Drug Charges: Posting Bail

barbed wire fenceWe understand exactly how stressful it can be if you or a loved one are facing drug charges. These charges can carry life changing consequences, so it is important to exercise your right to posting bail and subsequently seeking legal counsel. Here we briefly walk through an overview of drug charges to help you navigate this process.

The Drug Enforcement Agency, or DEA, has classified drugs into schedules based on their potential for dependency and their use in the medical field. These schedules range from I to V, with schedule I being the most dangerous. Drugs in Schedule I are considered to have the highest risk of dependency and no currently accepted medical use, and this includes heroin, ecstasy, methaqualone, marijuana, peyote, and LSD. Schedule V drugs are considered to have the lowest risk of abuse and includes drugs such as Lyrica and Robitussin AC.

The penalties for drug charges are determined by the circumstances surrounding the offense. The defendant’s involvement with the drug, whether trafficking, cultivating, distributing, or possessing affects the weight of the penalty, along with the amount and schedule of the drug, are all factors in the sentencing process.

Secure Your Release

Your freedom on bail is one phone call away: call us 24/7 at 855-264-2245!

Innocent Until Proven Guilty

Here in America, we have a lot of catchy phrases that we use to define ourselves. Among these is that a person is “innocent until proven guilty”. As nice as catch phrases like this are, their importance comes from how they are applied. A person charged with a crime doesn’t feel innocent when locked in a jail cell until their trial. That’s where we come in.

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You Have Our Respect

Your 8th Amendment right is important, it protects your innocence when charged with a crime until your trial. When behind bars, you can’t mount a sufficient defense for your case, and the time taken away from your loved ones cannot be returned. Our constitution allows you to post bail, and we’ll help make that happen.

 

If you or a loved one needs bail services, give us a call immediately. Our professional agents will treat you with respect, getting you out of jail as fast as possible. To find out more, you can reach us at (855) 264-2245.

Tips For Posting Bail

hands cuffed in handcuffs The FBI estimates that there are over 12 million arrests made in the United States every year. That’s about one million arrests every month! While we all wish that bail bonds were unnecessary, these statistics demonstrate that they are a regular part of American life.

Whether you have just been arrested or have just received a call from a loved one who was arrested, you will need to know how to make bail. Because you may have a few questions about the bail process, the bondsmen from All American Bail Bond Agency have provided these tips for posting bail.

Stay As Calm As Possible

The best thing that you can do to help yourself or a loved one after an arrest is stay calm. Remaining calm will help you make level-headed decisions and communicate clearly with your bail agent and the staff at the detention facility. The more calm you are, the more effectively you will be able to work through your bail process, and the less time you or a loved one will spend behind bars.

Find A Trustworthy Bondsman

The state of Michigan requires bail bonds agents to be properly certified. You should only do business with a duly licensed bail bondsman. Feel free to ask any bail agent for their license when deciding which agency to help you make bail.

Go to Court

While the conditions of bail vary, there is one constant – defendants must appear in court to stand trial for the crime(s) they stand accused of committing. If a defendant does not show up for their scheduled hearings, they will be charged with the crime of failure to appear, and a warrant will be issued for their arrest.

Hire A Criminal Defense Attorney

Bail agents are not lawyers. While a bondsman can help you get out of jail after an arrest, a bondsman cannot represent you in a court of law. The bail bond agents from All American Bail Bond Agency recommend hiring a local criminal defense lawyer to assist you in building and executing your defense.

When Bail is Denied

jail cellsEvery so often, we will hear of a case in the news where a person accused of a crime will be held without bail. The U.S. Constitution provides the right to bail: how can this right be denied to some people? Here we discuss several factors that affect the process of deciding bail.

When a judge is deciding to set bail for a person accused of a crime, they thoroughly examine the circumstances surrounding the charges and the accused person. One of the most important factors that influences if bail will be set is if the accused person will pose a safety threat to the community if released on bail to await trial. Other factors often include:

  • Likelihood the person accused will flee to avoid trial
  • Possibility the accused may destroy evidence if released
  • Family and community ties
  • History of drug and alcohol use
  • Finances
  • Prior criminal history
  • Mental state
  • Accused of a serious crime punishable by lengthy prison sentence or death

If you or someone close to you needs bail fast, call us today at (855) 264-2245. We offer our bail services 24/7 to help you when you need it most! We post any bail for any crime in Detroit and all across Michigan.

Restricting Rights of Felons

barbed wire prison fenceMost states in the U.S. restrict certain rights of convicted felons in some shape or form. Michigan is one of these states, so it is important to know your rights to continue living life to the fullest and exercising the rights you have been afforded. The exact terms of a felon’s sentence, parole, probation, or other conditions often determine which rights may be curtailed, but understanding the general rights of convicted felons in Michigan can help clarify this often muddled process.

Understanding Your Rights

Michigan typically restricts several rights of convicted felons. Felons are barred from voting while in prison, but voting rights are restored upon completion of the sentence. Felons are prohibited from possessing or obtaining firearms and are not permitted to carry concealed weapons. However, some felons may have their firearm privileges restored on a case by case basis. Convicted felons may not serve as a juror. Additionally, felons are often denied certain occupational licenses, such as Michigan casino or liquor licenses.

While these rights are often restricted from felons, in certain instances, these rights may be allowed or restored after probation or parole. That’s why understanding your rights carries such importance! Call our team today at (855) 264-2245 for questions about the rights of convicted felons!