UPDATed @ 12:16 AM Now I deal With Them Everyday And They Had Me FrustratedRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Dec 28 2012 8:24 PM
POLK COUNTY FL: For 35 years plus ( 1977 ) I have been dealing with the courts, Judges, Clerk's Offices and Law Enforcement. And last night and today has been a very frustrating deal in my interactions with the Polk County Florida Court system.
As many are aware I am also in the bail bonding business. We had a person fail to appear in court on two $ 25,000.00 bonds - for a total of $ 50,000.00 in bonds. The person was arrested within days of failing to appear when stopped by Polk County Law Enforcement.
The subject refused to sign a waiver of extradition to return to Alabama. When a person does so the District Attorney has to obtain a Governor's Warrant. Agents from A - Advantage Bonding have been monitoring the defendant and status. On Thursday Bail Recovery Agents of A - Advantage Bonding learned the denfendant had a court date this morning at 8:30 AM. We then found out it was at 1:30 PM. A request was made from Houston County to extend the hold until January 5, however according to Polk County the Judge probably would not honor the hold.
According to the court records of Polk County the Judge scheduled was on vacation until after the first of the year. In calling all of the Judge's Offices, most were closed. The Clerk's Office could provide no information.
This morning by 9 AM I dispatched three Bail Enforcement Agents from A - Advantage Bonding some 390 miles away to Bartow Florida in the event the Judge did not honor the hold. They were making good time until one hour from arrival in Bartow Florida when they hit bumper to bumper traffic at 35 MPH. Still, no one could give me any answers.
Finally I located the Judge. However his office said they would not know for a couple of days that they were not in the courtroom with the Judge. The Clerk of the Court said they would not know for a couple of days when they got paperwork. The Sheriff Extradition Officer with Polk County said he would not know until next week.
Finally John Curtis, Melvina and Brandon finally arrived. They split and some went to the courthouse and some to the jail. Finally they got the answer, the Judge is letting the defendant out.
The Bail Recovery Agents have now been waiting for several hours on the sidewalk in front of the jail. The jail will let them know when he is going to come out the door where they will take him into custody and transport back to Dothan.
However, getting someone who knew something in Polk County was impossible! To say the very least, I understand why the public can get so frustrated with government. I swear they must give out handbooks to employees how to make your life difficult.
UPDATED @ 8:41 PM
Just received a phone call from Brandon, Bail Enforcement Agent with A - Advantage Bonding, the defendant has just arrived at the jail release booking agency.
In Polk County the inmate is housed at another jail about 35 miles from the courthouse and central booking agency. Following the court appearance this afternoon, the defendant was transported back to the jail to get his belongings. He has now been transported back to downtown Bartow Florida where he is being dressed from jail clothes to his street clothes and begin the process of being processed out of the jail.
The defendant will be greeted by three Bail Enforcement Agents of A - Advantage Bonding as he leaves the jail. The agents, who have legal process in hand, will then take him into custody. They will search him, handcuff him and place leg irons on him, secure him with belly chains and begin the trip back to Houston County where he will be placed in the Houston County Jail.
HOW CAN THE BAIL ENFORCEMENT AGENTS PICK HIM UP AND NOT LAW ENFORCEMENT
When a bondsman signs someones bond, the law allows the bondsman to pursue that person across state lines and into places where he might be hiding. The bondsman actually are allowed to pursue further than that of law enforcement and can cross the state lines with the defendants whther they want to or not. Bondsman can also make forced entry into places where the defendant might be hiding without a search warrant. In fact, case laws says a defendant is like a puppet on a string when a bond is signed for that person,
A - Advantage Bonding takes the job of managing defendants very serious. We treat everyone with dignity and respect, however with firmness that they are to appear in court or it is out job to locate and apprehend. A very interesting job.
Between being in the news business, bail bonding business, investigation business, along with a husband, father and grandaddy, I have very few dull moments in my life.
UPDATED @ 12:16 AM
John Curtis called me at 11:40 PM. They have their fugitive in custody and are traveling from Polk County Florida to Houston County Jail.