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Delaware has gone the way of New Jersey

“With great sadness, we inform you that Delaware has gone the way of New Jersey. Click here to read the latest update.

“Bail has been lost in another East Coast state which is quickly becoming a strong hold for the proponents of bail reform. Unfortunately, this loss is very reminiscent to other states that have lost. Too few bail agents participate in the fight – both money and minds are needed to prevail. Please do not allow this to happen in Connecticut. We need you to join, volunteer and contribute to the BAC or we certainly will suffer the same fate. Please click here to get your membership today!

“Our industry’s opponents are well funded, well positioned and very organized. Fortunately for bail, we have truth and the Constitution on our side. This is not just a fight for our jobs, it is a fight to preserve American jurisprudence and prevent them from furthering the socialist agenda.

“Thank you.”

Partnership to help inmates re-enter New London community

“Operating at no cost, a new partnership between the city and the state Department of Correction aims to connect former inmates with stable housing in an effort to reduce recidivism…

“What we’re doing is we’re working very collaboratively with the DOC to make sure that people who are from New London, who will be returning to New London when they finish their sentences, have a plan for transition and re-entry that is developed very early on in their prison sentence,” she said. “These folks are coming here anyway. That’s why we want to be prepared.”

Check out this article to read more about how New London is focusing on reintegrating inmates into their communities.

The Dangers of Bail Reform Across the US

The Administration has been pushing some form of bail reform for the last 5 years. Unfortunately, much of whats been done has little to nothing to help those it was purported to. So far the only result has been an emboldened criminal population, significant cost to the tax payer, and serious LE moral issue. Essentially Second Chance should be renamed Hugs for Thugs.

Check out this article on The Dangers of Bail Reform Across the US.

Bail Bonds Hartford, CT

Bail Co Bail Bonds writes bail bonds for DUI’s, drug possession, domestic violence, theft, burglary, arson, aiding and abetting, assault and battery, and any other crime where bail is needed. We serve Hartford and all of Connecticut 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Call BailCoBailBonds 1-800-422-4526.

Most Followed Criminal Defense Attorneys in Connecticut

The effects that social media has on marketing continue to grow stronger and we were particularly interested in learning more about Twitter. We wanted to see if there were any Connecticut criminal defense attorneys on Twitter and were surprised to find so many. We decided to compile a list of the most followed criminal defense attorneys in our home state. We have listed them below.

The Most Followed Criminal Defense Attorneys in Connecticut

  1. @lawbaron
  2. @JimMiron
  3. @Norm_Pattis
  4. @rossgarber
  5. @AttorneyScottGa
  6. @rpaolino
  7. @COP_LAW
  8. @TheLegalDiva
  9. @MuchinskyLaw
  10. @fontainelaw
  11. @RobinsonCole
  12. @Lindu14
  13. @RiccioLaw
  14. @JDonnellyESQ
  15. @CTAttorney
  16. @hdmlawyer
  17. @RobSConn
  18. @DamonKirschbaum
  19. @KaloidisLawFirm
  20. @AttorneyUnger
  21. @BigD2033
  22. @WalterDHussey
  23. @danwenner
  24. @JohnWalkleyLaw
  25. @WiltonCTLawyer
  26. @MarkShermanLaw
  27. @ShariShore
  28. @attorneycollier
  29. @ct_dui_lawyer
  30. @JackODonnellLaw
  31. @PaolettiGusmano
  32. @joncantor
  33. @hamptonlaw
  34. @UryMoskow
  35. @JacobsDowLLC

From a business perspective, Twitter has been used by professionals not only as a marketing tool, but as an information tool as well. You could use it as a way to build a wider client base, spread current industry news, respond to client inquiries, and network into different areas of the industry around the country. It makes sense because it gives you another way to communicate with current and future clients. Tweeting about things of common interest will keep your followers captivated and involved. Take Jim Miron’s tweet, for example:

It was informative to his audience, keeping his followers up-to-date, and he also shared a link allowing people to read the full article. It received a couple of retweets, which means that people that weren’t necessarily connected to Jim were seeing it as well. That’s one way to increase followers.

It was interesting compiling the list and to see many of the criminal defense attorneys in Connecticut on Twitter. Hope that you find the list interesting and informative (maybe enough to tweet about?).

For those on the list, grab the badge below.

Social Media Sentiments of Bail Agents, Police, Attorneys, and Politicians

When it comes to bail bonding, there are people on both sides of the fences regarding in which light the profession is held. Some who are familiar with the industry see it as an opportunity to set one’s affairs in order or go on with their lives while awaiting trial. Others may think that the industry has a fair share of individuals that are less than ethical.

We sought to find out how people really feel about the bail bonding industry and what better way than to use social media. Social sites are becoming the best way to gauge the climate on a brand, industry, or even an individual. Using this information, we will be able to find out what regard bail is commonly held in. Casting a wide net across social media platforms and searching keywords like “bail bonds” and “bail bondsmen”, we were able to find out how people felt about the industry. Below, you can see the results of analyzing over 40,000 publicly available Facebook and Twitter messages. We also included some other professions so that you have points of comparison.

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It turned out some of the postings were from bail agents either providing information about bail or advertising for their company. Most of the non-bail agent posts were neutral to the industry. A lot of the negative posts regarding bail were a response to a Wisconsin bill that would allow bail companies back into the state. Some negative posts noted excessive bail amounts and bail agents being too strict about collecting fees. Nearly all of the positive remarks were from people thankful to bail agents for their services. Overall, bail agents were the only profession that we analyzed that garnered more positive mentions that negative ones leading to a social media favorability score of 57%.

9 Bad Bail Bond Commercials

Television commercials are a great way to expose your business to wider audience–if you do them right. However, not everybody does them right. For every good commercial that helps a business grow, there seem to be twice as many bad commercials that get shown. Even big businesses that invest lots of money in their advertisements can fail–as we witness every year during the Super Bowl.

As bail bondsmen, we’ve seen some bad bail commercials over the past couple of years so we decided to put together a video compilation of 9 bad bail bonds commercials.

These commercials will make you laugh at their absurdity, cringe at their premise, or just make you scratch your head.

How Bail Works Video

Although every state is different, and details can differ from agent to agent, this video by AboutBail is a good and creative representation of how bail bonds work. Call us and we’ll explain how the process can differ slightly in the state of Connecticut.

Police: Suspect Faces Judge After Skipping Bond 9-15-2010

It amazes me that someone in our industry would fall for a stunt like this.

A man accused of kidnapping his estranged wife in May before leading police on a 50-mile chase appeared in court Wednesday on new charges.
Police said Eric Stiggle was arrested after attempting to skip bond.
Norwich officers took Stiggle into custody Tuesday night in Norwich and he is now charged with three counts of failure to appear.
“Can I say something, your honor,” he said. “I turned myself in.”
Prosecutors said he used a bogus letter to convince a bondsman to post his more than $1.3 million bail Monday. Police said the bond letter he gave the bail bondsman claiming he had hundreds of thousands of dollars came from a Norwich attorney who died earlier this year.
Stiggle’s new bond was set at $2.5 million.
“Me and my father was having dinner,” Stiggle said. “I was going to turn myself in to Norwich police. I wasn’t going to run.”
Police said Stiggle stabbed his wife, Sara DeCoster, 31, multiple times on May 30 before kidnapping her. Neighbors reported seeing a woman wrapped in a blanket tossed into a white Toyota SUV.
Stiggle crashed the car in Chatham, N.Y., during a chase that began in Holyoke, Mass. DeCoster survived.

Bail bondsmen welcome increased state oversight

By Ed Jacovino
Journal Inquirer

HARTFORD -- A group of bail bondsmen is welcoming new fees and
increased red tape from the state, saying they hope the oversight will
restore fair play to the business.
    "I'm not a proponent of big government or having government in
businesses, but unfortunately  the industry has really brought this on
themselves," Andrew Marocchini, president of BailCo Bail Bonds in
Manchester and vice president of the Bail Association of Connecticut,
said.
    Marocchini is referring to a new law aimed at cracking down on
bail bondsmen who keep shoddy records, illegally undercut their
competition, and break other rules in the state-regulated industry.
    The new law requires all surety bond agents, or bondsmen, to file
monthly reports of their business with the state Insurance Department.
That took effect in October. Starting next week, bondsmen will have to
renew their registrations with the state and pay a new $450 fee, which
will pay auditors to pore over the monthly records for any signs of
wrongdoing.
    Lawmakers, judges, and even some bondsmen have complained for
years about a so-called "wild West" mentality in the industry.
Unscrupulous bondsmen undercut state-set rates to maximize profits,
charge exorbitant rates to hold collateral, or refuse to return it.
There have been courtroom fistfights between bondsmen over clients,
and some say judges are increasingly cutting them out of the market --
allowing defendants to pay 10 percent of a bond directly to the court
and walk.
    But others say bondsmen play an important role in the state's
court system. They help defendants get out of jail and be with their
families during trials. They offer the state a guarantee that a
defendant shows up at the next court date.
    Marocchini and the Bail Association for years have pushed for the
changes. The biggest change, Marocchini said, is the increased
scrutiny of monthly business reports. "There was never any required
reporting before," he said.
    Marocchini already has sent the state Insurance Department
information for a background check on him and his employees. In
January, he'll have to pay the $450 fee and start filing monthly
reports of every deal he makes -- including how much was paid at the
time, and the deal for how he'd collect the rest of the fee.
    The reports are aimed at helping regulators crack down on
companies that break the rules. Until now, they've skated by declaring
bondsmen as "independent contractors" to lessen the liability on the
company if they get caught doing something illegal, which usually is
undercutting the state-mandated downpayments.
    All registered bondsmen, as well as the companies they work for,
must report under the new law. The hope, Marocchini said, is that any
wrongdoing will mean a disconnect between a bond company and an agent.
"You can't lie about what you did or didn't write or what you did or
didn't collect," he said.
    The law also creates new payment plans with specific requirements.
A 35 percent deposit is needed. And the bondsman must file a civil
lawsuit against anyone who doesn't pay after 60 days of being in
default. Contracts also are limited in how long they can last.
    Marocchini suspects that within six months the program will have
weeded out most of the undercutters. "The tools are there now," he
said. "If the state really has the will, they have the tools to do
what they need to do."
    Amy Stegall is in charge of enforcing the new rules. She's program
manager of the Insurance Department's fraud and investigations unit.
The department oversees bondsmen because they're essentially insurance
agents -- they collect a premium and have to make a major payout if
the defendant skips a court date. Insurance companies back those
larger payments.
    Stegall said it will be easier for her to enforce the rules by
fining, suspending, or revoking the licenses of bondsmen who break
them. "We'll have much more enforcement authority overall," she said.
    She said the biggest factor of the new legislation is the
mandatory 35 percent premium. "This is what was driving a lot of the
problem," she said.
    Stegall hasn't taken any enforcement actions based on the new law.
And even though the reports started coming in October, they haven't
been audited yet because the state hasn't picked a company to do the
work. It's reviewing bids now, she said.
    As for whether the new reporting rules have drawn ire from the
bondsmen, Stegall said she hasn't heard much yet. During a meeting to
explain the rules, many asked about the new reporting and about what
would happen if they're late, or forget to file.
    "We've tried to make this as simple as possible," Stegall said,
adding that the department is creating an online submission form.
"We're trying not to be onerous."
    Calls to area bond companies weren't returned.
    Marocchini called the increased reporting and the new fees "a
nuisance," but welcomed them. "In the end, it'll be better for
legitimate companies," he said. "It puts all of us on a level playing
ground."