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Jeff Downer

Bail bondsman and owner of Jeff Downer Bail Bonds located in Indianapolis, IN.

Child Support and Commercial Bail Bonds

Jeff Downer   When an individual falls behind in the payment of of child support a court may issue an order the person be arrested and held in custody.   These court rulings are called different things depending on the jurisdiction.   Body attachment, bench warrant, contempt citation or detention order are common terms for these situations.

Once an individual is incarcerated for failure to pay child support and efforts are made to secure release the term ‘bond’ will often come into play.  It is natural at these times that a commercial bail bondsman will be contacted.  Unfortunately in these circumstances a bail bondsman will not be able to provide assistance.

There is good reason why bail agents are not able to help and that reasoning is based on the court’s intent when ordering that the individual be taken into custody.

When the court orders commercial  bail it is seeking a surety that all court appearances will be made.  In a child support matter the court’s primary concern is that child support payments are up to date, so any monies being paid to secure release are to be applied to the unpaid child support and not to a third party such as a bail bondsman.

That is how it should be.

So what is  to be done when someone is being held in custody for failing to pay child support?  The exact answer to that will vary among each jurisdiction.  The first step should be to contact jailer and/or the county clerk for specific instructions on how to proceed.   Find here contact information for jails and county clerks in Marion and surrounding counties.

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Ride Along on the Jeff Downer Bail Bonds Drag Bike

Jeff Downer  Ride along with Chris Chiesi in this video as he pilots the Jeff Downer Bail Bonds/RockaTrain Suzuki GSX-R during a test & tune session at the Muncie Dragway.  Talk about getting home fast.

 

 

Find more Jeff Downer Bail Bonds drag bike video action here.


 

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Oh Boy! More Bail Bond Related Reality TV News

Jeff Downer  One of my daily routines is to search Google for news items regarding bail and its role in the criminal justice system.  While searching for items of interest I discovered that the concept of bail in reality television is making headlines once more.

It seems that Real Housewives  of New Jersey cast members Teresa and Joe Giudice had been arrested on fraud and tax charges and had been released on $500,000 bail bonds apiece.  The story was being reported by several news sources including: UPI, US Weekly, the Los Angeles Times and of course Perez Hilton (Note to the Google search team – this is not what I am looking for when I use the search term “bail bonds”.  Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.).

Being weak minded, seeing all these articles immediately made me put on my reality television producer hat and start brainstorming about a blockbuster crossover reality TV extravaganza in which the Giudices go on  the lam.  Of course  Dog the Bounty Hunter and his wife Beth track them down in a must see TV event that would make me proud to be an American.  The actual take down occurs at a mall where coincidently Beth encounters Teresa while shopping at a Macy’s cosmetics counter while simultaneously Dog bumps into Joe at the Sunglass Hut.

Another thing, these articles use the the term reality TV “stars”.  If these show depict real life then how come I don’t feel like a star too?  Do you feel like a star?  I know I’m certainly not treated like one.  Oh well, if you catch me wearing nothing but a leather vest and sporting hair braids please shoot me.

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An English Lesson About Bail Bonds

Jeff Downer   Per the Oxford Dictionaries: skate (v)

  (skate through) make quick and easy progress through:he admits he had expected to skate through the system

 

Jeff Downer Bail Bonds - Everybody Skates


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Jeff Downer Bail Bonds RockaTrain Racing Midseason Report

Jeff Downer  Last year I was flim flammed into becoming associated with a drag racing motorcycle effort called RockaTrain Racing.  We are half way through the 2013 season and I thought an update was in order.

Not much has changed since the end of last season.  Team owner and local musician Preacher (aka James Compton) is still off his meds and the bike is still prepped and ridden by Chris Chiesi (“He’s a baaaaad man”).   The big news is somehow Chris has convinced Preacher to the juice bike with the nitrous.  There will be more about that later.

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The Jeff Downer Bail Bonds sponsored ride is a 1992 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 based and uprated with a  1340cc motor, modified frame and all kinds of go fast goodies.   It’s old school but all the more fun for it.  It competes in NHDRO sanctioned street classes.

The team’s first outing was at Lucas Oil Raceway Park (Home of the NHRA nationals) on May17th-19th and thanks to a starter clutch issue was unable to compete in the Street Classes.

All was not entirely lost as the the team was able to compete in the Grudge Racing action on Saturday night.  That’s a pretty outrageous time   Straight up match racing with no rules as far as the bikes go and there can be some serious cash being wagered ($10,000 on one race) not to mention the trash talk.  The RockaTrain bike was able to make several runs all of them sub 10 second even with the new nitrous system not yet online.

The next round was again at Raceway Park the weekend of July 12th -14th.    This time around the results were much improved.  Chris was able to  dial in at 9.7 seconds for the 1/4 mile and reach the quarterfinals despite the nitrous system still experiencing issues remaining offline.  Then of course there was the Grudge racing which for me is the most fun.

Next up is the NHDRO Summer Celebration at Lucas Oil Raceway Park the weekend of August 16th-19th.  RockaTrain’s second GSX-R is still waiting for the completion of an engine rebuild but hopefully Preacher will still be competing on  his Suzuki SV650 alongside Chris.

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It’s All Fun and Games…

Jeff Downer  It’s all fun and games until the local wildlife shows up.  Another lesson in how truth is stranger than fiction

It seems a Virginia bail agent located a bond jumper in a parking lot resulting in the fugitive ramming the agent’s car and running into a nearby woods.  The agent followed whereupon the fugitive beat the tar out of him with a stick.

A police K-9 unit  arrived next on the scene and was promptly …wait…not yet…wait…here it comes…bitten by a rabid groundhog!  Bettcha didn’t see that one coming.

After having its handler shoot the demented rodent the undeterred K-9 unit relentlessly pursued its prey out onto Interstate 95 where the the fugitive was hit by a car.  Miraculously the fugitive survived playing on the freeway and was eventually booked into the local jail.

I don’t know about you, but my thinking here is that the only winner here was the dog and that’s only if his shots were up to date.  In any case I think there is a movie in this story.  Perhaps a tear jerker family film about tragedy striking gentle woodland creatures.  Call it something like Groundbi.  Maybe a horror flick would be better.  They could call that one: Groundhog Apocalypse:  They Can See Your Shadow!.

Via: WUSA9

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Marion County Bail Bond Codes

Jeff Downer  In Marion County, Indiana there a variety of bail bond types.  It is important to understand the nature of each bail bond type because each has its own rules about how much money is required and the procedures by which it is posted.

These bail bond types are frequently referred to by their computer code designations.  Find below list of bail bond types sorted by their codes and accompanied by an explanation of how to determine the amount to be paid and the procedures to be followed.

  • SR Bond –  The SR code designates a surety bond.   A surety bond requires the use  of a bail bondsman to post the bond.  The bondsman’s premium fee is 10% of the total bond amount set by the court.  If the bond is set at $10,000, the bondsman would be paid $1000 to post the bond.
  • CS Bond – The CS code designates a cash bond.  A cash bond would require that the entire amount of the bond set by the court be posted directly with the court clerk.  If the bond is set at $500 then then that amount must be paid.  Any person is eligible to post a cash bond.  Once the case is over the bond money will be returned less any fines and court fees that are deducted.
  • PR Bond – The PR code designates a percent bond.   A percent bond would require a payment of 10% of the total bond amount to be paid to the court clerk.  If the bond is $10,000 then the court clerk would need to be paid $1000.  Any person can post a percent bond. Once the case is over the bond money will be returned less any fines and court fees that are deducted.
  • XC Bond – The XC code designates a type of split bond.  XC bonds are a hybrid of a surety and a cash bond requiring a bond of each type to be posted.  How much that required to be paid can be confusing with an XC bond.   An $11,000 XC bond would require both $1,000 cash and $10,000 surety bonds to be posted making the total expenditure $2,000.
  • XR Bond – The XR code designates another type of split bond.  XR bonds are a hybrid of surety and percent bonds.  Again calculating the amount to be paid is confusing.  For example a $5,500 XR bond would require both a $5,000 percent bond and a $5,000 surety bond requiring a total expenditure of $1,000.

There are three other codes which are used instead of bond codes and designate release statuses that do not involve the use of bail bonds.  They are:

  • OR – OR means release on own recognizance.  It simply means that the defendant is to be released without the posting of a bond.
  • NB – NB indicates that the defendant is to be held without bond and is not eligible to be released.
  • CR – CR indicates a court ordered release due to no charges being filed or the case has been dismissed.
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“Crazy Good” Sounds Right

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A 13-year-old boy in Charlotte, N.C., has been arrested for allegedly stealing Pop Tarts — from his mother. – Huffington Post

I guess the Pop Tarts slogan of “Crazy Good” just about sums it up.   Times do change.  Growing up in my house we didn’t argue over who ate what at breakfast.  When Mom said: “Leggo of my Eggo” – we did.

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The Public Safety Factor in Setting Bail

Jeff Downer  There exists a persistently held belief that a court may weigh only factors that relate to the defendant’s likelihood in showing up in court when determining bail.  While at one point in time that may have been true, such is not the case now.

What is different today?  Public safety concerns can also be considered.   The overwhelming majority of courts can and are considering potential threats to the public as well as a specific individual’s well being as part of the bail setting equation.

The scope of using public safety factors in setting bail is vast.   Courts in 46 states currently include public safety as a factor in setting bail.  Furthermore, the courts of 27 states and the Federal Court System may go as far as authorizing preventive detention and deny release on bail entirely.

Like most anything else the landscape of how bail and bonds are set has been changing.  The use of public safety factors in setting bail is part of the new view.

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Indiana Supreme Court Ruling Shifts Burden Of Proof for Bail in Murder Cases

Jeff Downer  In the past defendants charged with murder (or treason) in the State of Indiana would have to present a compelling argument that the proof of their guilt was not strong in order to be admitted to bail.

Recently (June of 2013) the Indiana Supreme Court rearranged the playing field when it came to how it is determined whether defendants charged with murder or treason can be held without bail.  The new case law is that the burden of proof now falls on the state to prove that the defendant should not be admitted to bail:

We hold today that when a defendant charged with murder or treason seeks bail, the burden is on the State, if it seeks to deny bail, to show—by a preponderance of the evidence—that the proof is evident or the presumption strong.

As a practical matter I do not believe much has changed on whether those charged with murder will be held without bond.  Prosecutors rarely pursue murder cases with a poor chance of conviction (nor should they).  The threshold of evidence to be held without bail has not changed.  In fact as part of the ruling the court upheld the original finding that the defendant should be held without bail.

The burden has just been shifted from defendant proving the state has a poor case to the state proving they have a solid one.  The most visible impact I suspect will be more bail hearings on murder cases as prosecutors seek denial of bail.

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