Archive for Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Bondsman suspended in Douglas County

October 24, 2006


A local bondsman has been suspended indefinitely from writing bonds in Douglas County, based in part on the mistaken arrest of a Lawrence man this summer.

According to Judge Robert Fairchild, chief judge of Douglas County District Court, the services of A-1 Bonding, owned by Jim Price, were suspended on Oct. 19.

"It was based on some historical problems, with this being the final straw," Fairchild wrote in an e-mail to the Journal-World.

Lawrence resident Robert D. Davis II, 28, was arrested Aug. 30 at his home at Gaslight Village mobile-home park, 1900 W. 31st St., by armed bounty hunters working for Price.

Davis spent the night in jail before a judge realized there was a mistake: He wasn't wanted. He happened to have the same name as another man Price was looking for - but who was dead.

Asked to elaborate on what led to the decision to suspend Price, Fairchild wrote, "There were problems with incorrect and conflicting addresses being furnished to the court on several different occasions. There were other complaints which were not verified."

Price attributed the mistaken arrest in part to serious health problems he's had recently. He said he was planning to write to the court and try to get the matter straightened out.

He said of the suspension, "There's no basis for it."

Bondsmen typically charge a 10 percent, one-time fee to post a bond to get someone out of jail. If the person later fails to appear at a court date, the bond can be forfeited and the bondsman owes the entire amount of the bond to the court.


Ragingbear 11 years, 5 months ago

"There is no basis for it." ... Except for the guy that was assaulted, arrested, detained, and spent the night in jail because of your incompetence.

prioress 11 years, 5 months ago

There were other complaints which were not verified."

========= Interesting position; what actions do they take when things are "verified?"

BailEnforcer 11 years, 4 months ago

The Bondsman should not have been penalized over this incident; the Bounty Hunters screwed up. If he had utilized Professional and Trained Bail Enforcement Agents (BEA); such as those from 'AMK Surety Recovery Services of The US', this incident may never have occurred.

I have been a BEA for 15 years now and yes mistakes do happen; a few years back I apprehended a guy that skipped bail while he was working at a Tyson Foods plant out west. The company confirmed his name, date of birth and social security number and brought him to us in the Office saying they needed to speak to him. It was determined the following day by the court this was not the correct man; but, an illegal immigrant from Mexico whom purchased fake documents. Documents that happened to have the same information of the guy we where searching for. Since there was no photo of our Fugitive we had no clue it was the wrong guy. Everything matched exact to what we had. This is why Bonding Agents need to take photos and full descriptions of their Principals; something many of them still do not do which is a great liability!

This man gave up the location and names of the people he obtained the documents from in hopes of staying in the US. He was of course deported. The police raided the location and found numerous documents with the same data on them and arrested 3 people.

With the information at hand and no photo to go by a Police Office may have made the same mistake as these clowns did and his chief would not have been suspended over it.

Granted it this Bondsman has been in the news a few times for these types of screw ups; if he was smart and used true Professionals he would not be in this predicament.

The article mentions "There were problems with incorrect and conflicting addresses being furnished to the court on several different occasions." This is most likely by the Defendant and not the Bonding Agent.

I can't count the number of times I have found bogus or non-existent address in court files that have been provided by the Offender. Not only to the courts; but to the Bonding Agent as well.

This Bonding Agent always claims health issues as a major cause for the screw ups in his office and to him I say if your health is that bad RETIRE before any real harm is done. '

By that I mean an innocent man can be freed from Prison but not brought back from the dead!!

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