District Court of Maryland, Court Commissioners are now allowed to change preset bails previously ordered by a Judge
Recently the District Court of Maryland changed its policy regarding preset bails on warrant cases that were previously set by a Judge. For the most part these preset bails are fair and reasonable with some exceptions, but to change this policy and to allow the District Court Commissioners the ability to change the bails that the Judge's previously ordered is quickly appearing to be a very frightening problem.
I think that the commissioners and sometimes the judges fail to understand some very important things here i.e. (THE PURPOSE OF BAIL). The SOLE PURPOSE of BAIL is to ENSURE OR GUARANTEE THE DEFENDANT'S APPEARANCE IN COURT. The Judges and or the Commissioners should not concern themselves with what percentage a Bondsman accepts to release a Defendant more so that the Defendant is not a danger to the community and that he or she not flee the Jurisdiction of the Court.
This is why it is so important for Defendant's to be released on bail. A Bail Bondsman has a strong financial incentive to apprehend and return the Defendant to court should he or she fail to appear. A Bondsman never stops looking for an individual that failed to appear on their bond because once they locate that person they are released from liability and or they recover their bond money that they forfeited to the Court.
I submit to you that a District Court Commissioner CANNOT ENSURE the Defendant's appearance in Court if he or she fails to appear thus making that individual a possible danger to the community with only the Police to search for them with very limited manpower.
I have been doing warrants for 13 years now and I can tell you for certain and I am positive that the Police would back me when I say to you that some of my most dangerous cases are Defendant's with misdemeanor charges. Now the Police Departments warrant system will triple soon and the tax payers will cover the cost once everything gets out of control which it will should this continue.
Bail Bondsman arrest and commit 97% of bail jumpers. The pretrial services of Bail Bondsman are privately funded with no red tape delays. The great citizens of Maryland as well as Baltimore City with all of the recent budget cuts to the Police Department will be happy to know that the great number of Fugitives will greatly increase very soon!