What to Know Before Cosigning Your Friend’s Bail Bond

Bail bonds are essential if you wind up in jail, and they help to keep many people who are innocent from being wrongfully held against their will. Bail bonds also help people who commit minor offenses for a variety of reasons to leave jail and begin preparing for their trial. However, most people don’t put up their own bail bonds, and usually it’s a family member or friend that does it. Just because that’s the norm doesn’t mean that it’s always safe to do that though. If you’re thinking about putting a bail bond for a friend, use this guide before you cosign. Evaluate Risk If you know the

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The Must Know Facts About Immigration Bonds

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is the government entity that arrests and apprehends foreign nationals. If the ICE or a judge declares a bond amount for a particular foreign national, you must learn how immigration bonds work so that you can get your loved one released from custody until the court date. As long as the ICE doesn’t deem the detainee to be a threat to public safety or national security, the detainee will be eligible for one of the following types of ICE immigration bonds. Delivery bond. With a delivery bond, the detainee is required to appear at all immigration hearings. The individual is able to

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6 Little Known Steps in the Jail Booking Process

If your loved one happens to get arrested it may be a stressful and difficult time, especially if it seems he or she may not be available for immediate release. In this case, you may need knowledge about the booking process. Here are a few little known steps in the jail booking process you should know. The arrestee will be handcuffed, read Miranda Rights, and taken to local law enforcement agency for processing and booking. The booking process involves paperwork recording the alleged crime. Your “mugshot” will be taken, fingerprints, background and warrants checked. After the booking process you may then make a phone call. A full body search

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Stop Collecting DNA from Arrestees: A California Court Order

A California law known as the DNA Act requires that law enforcement take a DNA sample from every adult arrested for or charged with any felony. Law enforcement uses a cheek swab to gather the DNA sample shortly after the person is arrested. The United States Supreme Court reviewed a similar law recently with a case called Maryland vs King. The Supreme Court decided that the cheek swab DNA collection of a suspect after arrest for an offense deemed serious was reasonable. The Supreme Court also approved the analysis of the collected DNA. Recently however, a California court broke the Supreme Court’s King holding. The Second Division of the

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Facebook in 2015: What’s There for Lawyers

2015 will be the year when savvy lawyers are going to get the best return on investment (ROI) from their Facebook marketing efforts. Facebook announced a string of changes for 2015, most meant to make the company more transparent on how it handles users’ data and give users more privacy control. In light of the new changes, here are a few things lawyers should know. Facebook Advertising Facebook now allows users to filter the ads displayed on their timelines through a new tool called “Privacy Basics”. Therefore, to reach the right prospects and at the least cost, lawyers will have to laser-target their Facebook campaigns. Law Firm Location Facebook

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Texting + Driving = A Tragic End

Over the past decade, cell phones have become a part of everyday life for most people. As such, texting has also become a part of daily life. Most people don’t think twice about texting while engaging in other routine activities, including driving, even though it is quite dangerous. Texting while driving is more dangerous than drunk driving. The behavior makes drivers anywhere between six and 23 times more likely to get into an accident than they would under normal driving conditions. While it is a major issue across multiple age groups, incidences of teenagers driving and texting are far more frequent than incidences in other age segments. 82 percent

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7 Legal Shows That Have Stood the Test of Time

It seems every other year there is a brand new crime drama or court room television show popping up on prime time that tries to put on a new spin to the age-old fictional legal series. While there have been countless television shows set in the courts, there are still seven legal shows that are highly memorable and even talked about to this day, despite having been off the air for quite a few years. Which legal shows are the most memorable? Read on for the list below: Law & Order. While there are different versions of this show now that can be found on several channels, the original

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