Some Bail Bondsmen in Maryland only Concerned with Collecting Fees, Disregard for Appearance in Court
A bail bondsman's primary responsibility in Maryland is to ensure that the defendant comes back to court to face trial. What we have been noticing time and time again is that "bail bondsmen" are bailing people out without a care in the world as to whether they appear or not. They are only concerned with attempting to collect their fees.
Lets take a look at a specific example:
Mr. Bail Bonds posted a $50,000 bail for a defendant named Kimberly Jones (reference case number: 1c00342840) Her case history information can be seen below:
We would like you to take notice that this defendant has failed to appear for trial on 07/21/2011. In other words she has an open warrant for her arrest and potentially poses a danger to herself or the general public.
Let's now take a gander at the civil case that was filed on 09/23/2011 by the bail bondsman against the above mentioned defendant. The bail bonds company is suing the defendant for $4,500 (or the remainder of the 9% fee that was never paid):
What can we deduct from these images? This defendant has been MIA for over 2 months now and the primary focus here for the bondsman is collecting the remainder of the bail premium, and not recovering the fugitive. There are, of course, significant questions that arise from this:
-What, if anything, has the bondsman done to try and recover the defendant?
-Why is the civil suit (filed 2 months after the date of the FTA) only for $4,500 when the defendant forfeited on $50,000?
-Does the bail bondsman care that $50,000 is at stake? Or, is it not their money at risk?
-Is this how we want to serve the general public as Maryland Bail Bondsmen?
It's pretty easy to see what's going on here. And this is just one example of many that unfortunately take place in this industry. Posting bail bonds for 1% down is not the crime here. Complete disregard or interest for making sure your defendants appear, and solely caring about the fee is at the core of the problems that plagues the business as a whole.