Monthly Archives: December 2015

The Gift of Freedom

Christmas week is always one of the busiest bail bonding weeks of the year. I can picture exactly how it goes down, wife looks at husband and says, “I want Johnny home for Christmas.”  Then a tear and that seals the deal. It is usually a bad idea to bring a rebellious addict home for the holidays, the bad medicine of incarceration and separation from loved ones is sometimes just the right potion to cause Johnnie to come to his senses…kind of like the prodigal son who came to his senses in the pig pen when he contemplated eating the fecal covered pig slop and he had an epiphany: “better to be a slave in my Fathers house than be here squandering my life with pigs.”  Posting your bail will get you out of jail, I can purchase your temporary freedom but freedom doesn’t mean your free. Jesus said “I am the way and the truth and the life.”   The way you should go, the truth you should know, and the life everlasting.  Find the truth and the truth will set you free…I don’t want to get preachy about Christmas, after all it’s a birthday party, we should celebrate but after 12 years of posting bonds for over 10,000 clients I can tell you that no one has ever permanently turned their life around without the transitional “come to Jesus” experience  resulting in the death of their flesh desire and the birth of their God desire. It goes like this: A Holy Spirit event that reveals to a person their true self, their brokenness, self-centered selfishness, depravity and an acute awareness how they have crushed the dear ones that loved them most, their Mom and Dad, wives, husbands, children and friends. It is a life changing event. You don’t yet know who Christ is but you no longer want to be the person you have become. It’s horrible, beautiful surrender. Dead to yourself, born again and alive in Christ. He saves you.  He offers, you accept. The Gift of Freedom.


Home For The Holidays…

The Christmas season is in full swing.  Every radio station is playing our favorite Christmas songs.  The malls are packed, our neighborhoods are decorated with wonderful light displays and nativity scenes.  But something is missing.  Yes, something IS missing.  It’s the loved one who is incarcerated at the Rappahannock Regional Jail, or some other fine Virginia institution that houses inmates who are being held prior to trial.  Hopefully, they have a reasonable bond that loving family members could post if they choose to do so.  There is usually a good reason why they haven’t chosen to post the bond so far.  That’s right.  You got it.  It’s usually heroin.  Mom and Dad love you, Grandpa and Grandma miss you, but they want to give you enough time to get clean.  They’d rather have you in jail where you are safe than in the cemetery where you are dead.  But as the day that we celebrate the birth of Jesus gets closer and closer, many of my clients add bail bond to their Christmas list.  Without fail, I will be at the jail Christmas Eve and Christmas Morning making sure that your loved ones are home for the holidays.  God bless you, and Merry Christmas!

National Assault Week

It happens every year like some kind of angry tradition, Brother Bill comes in to town to visit family for the holidays. Ohio is where he does his day to day but his Brother and Sister-in-law live in Virginia. They have been gracious enough to open their home to there beloved relatives for the much anticipated Christmas celebration and everyone is having a big time until…Jim and Jack show up. That’s right,  Jim Beam and Jack Daniels can add life to any party and wouldn’t you know it, it was Jack who made Brother Bill say to his gracious host, “You know you are awful lucky to have a wife like Sue, she’s a great lady. I’m glad you don’t treat her like you treated your other wives. She’s a great lady and she deserves the best…if she knew what an asshole you were while we were growing up she probably would have never married you in the first place. Yep you were the biggest asshole in town and for many years I was embarrassed to be your brother.” That is usually how the assault equation is created. Jack Daniels+Rude comments + insults in front of wife and kids= punch in the mouth. By the time I get to meet brother Bill (at the local jail) every one is calmed down, hung over and most of the time embarrassed and apologetic. When you go to your in-laws house for Christmas be a blessing, not a drunk. If you do decide to drink and start a ruck-ass, have your bail bondsman on speed dial.

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Marijuana is legal in some states But Don’t Dare Have it in Virginia!

Police may not see marijuana as a significant crime based on the much talked about Drug Enforcement Administration’s “2015 National Drug Threat Assessment Summary.”

Evidently the DEA asked a nationally representative sample of over 1,000 law enforcement agencies what they saw as their biggest drug threat. Marijuana came in at the bottom of the list, named by only 6 percent of survey respondents but don’t dare get caught with marijuana in Virginia.

Most police departments name heroin and meth as their top drug threats in their communities. The threat of heroin has more than quadrupled since 2007, after all it’s a lot cheaper than prescription painkillers and easier to get!

Researchers have known for a long time that compared to other recreational substances, including alcohol, marijuana doesn’t cause that much harm. It’s probably even safer than many people think. You might want to be more concerned with getting arrested than potential harm from marijuana.  You also may want to put your bail bondsman on speed dial. In Virginia any Bail Bondsman will tell you that 80% of their clients actually site alcohol as the primary driver of their crime. The Virginia ABC Board states that sales in 2014 was over $800,000,000  – really, that is a lot of booze!.

Arrests for marijuana is a common tale in Stafford Virginia. Cops keep arresting people for marijuana possession, maybe it is just low-hanging fruit but Marijuana is by far the most widely used illegal drug. More users means more potential arrestees. These arrests are no joke for the people caught up in them, and they get you a free ride to the Rappahannock Regional Jail. Thank God your Bail Bondsman will be there to save you but it takes precious police time and resources away from more serious crimes, like rape and murder.

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