Category Archives: Bail

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.

Posted in Bail, Bail Bonds, Commercial Bail, Surety Bond, Warrant. Tagged with , , .

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.


Posted in Bail, Bail Bonds, Racing, Video. Tagged with .

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.

Posted in Bail, Bail Bonds, Smiles. Tagged with .

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

Posted in Bail, Bail Bonds, Indiana, Indianapolis, Smiles.

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.

Jeff Downer Bail Bonds sponsored drag bikeJeff Downer Bail Bonds Goes Racing

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.

Posted in Bail, Racing, Smiles. Tagged with , .

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

Posted in Bail, Bondsman, Fugitive, Law Enforcement, Smiles. Tagged with , .

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.

Posted in Bail, Bail Bonds, Law, National. Tagged with , .

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.

Posted in Bail, Bail Bonds, Indiana, Law. Tagged with .

Have I Got a Bail Bond for You!

Jeff Downer  Here’s a great idea from the Lone Star State:

The Humane Society of Central Texas is hoping to offer a free week of kitten adoptions soon, called “Bail Bonds for Kittens” – KWKT Waco, TX

The idea is that you post “bail” for cats and kittens that can be adopted by those who can’t afford the adoption fees.  I’m a dog person so it sounds like a win-win for me.  I can help save the poor little things but I don’t have to bring one home.

The best part of all is the felines aren’t supposed to come back – for court or anything else.

Posted in Bail, Smiles. Tagged with .

But it Was Just a Joke…

Jeff Downer  Like ABC’s Wide World of Sports I span the internet  looking stories about bail and bonding.   Things can be mighty different in other countries when it come the situations where bail is involved – such as the following tale from India.

Recently a court in India issued no bail warrants for the cast and crew of  the movie Taur Mittran Di.  It seems an attorney found the depiction of the Indian legal community in the film to be less than amusing and filed a complaint with a local court:

The counsel for complainant Harinder Singh Lali said “the lawyer fraternity was pained to see advocates being projected as laughing stock in the film”.

Furthermore, apparently there exist grounds under Indian law to pursue such a complaint:

He had prayed to take action against the erring actors u/s 499, 500 and 120B of the IPC for defaming the legal profession.

Oops.  Good thing that lawyer never saw …And Justice for All.

Now I have been known to tell lawyer jokes, especially to my dad.  My father was a judge for 22 years and not known for his sense of whimsy.  Any lawyer joke telling on my part would usually just result in muttering about changing the will.   I don’t believe he ever considered tossing me in jail and throwing away the key for having a little fun at his expense.  Then again, I was his only son.

P.S.   Still missing ya Dad.

Posted in Bail, Bail Bonds, International, Smiles. Tagged with , .