VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) — A 26-year-old transient found inside a stolen vehicle was arrested and released on $0 bail after the booking process, officials said.
On May 24, 2020, at about 11:53 am, a deputy with the Victorville Police Department conducted a vehicle check on a 2014 Hyundai Elantra parked in the desert area near Roy Rogers and Civic Drive.
It was found to be a stolen vehicle and was occupied by Earl Prescott Thomas
Sheriff’s spokeswoman Mara Rodriguez said the vehicle was stolen during a residential burglary. “Sometime between May 3 & May 23, while the owner was away, the home was broken into. Multiple items were stolen from the residence, including a vehicle,” stated Rodriguez.
Thomas was arrested and booked at High Desert Detention Center for possession of a stolen vehicle.
In compliance with the statewide Emergency Bail Schedule, his bail was set at $0 and he was released after the booking process.
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office is publicizing the latest arrest of a man who has been arrested multiple times and released on zero bail, only to be arrested again.
Last month, the California Judicial Council issued an order in an effort to protect inmates’ health during the new coronavirus pandemic by reducing overcrowding at jails.
Law enforcement agencies and local prosecutors have railed against the zero bail releases of suspects, and say some of those being released should not be eligible for bail and are often repeat offenders while out on bail.
However, an appeals court ruled defendants can still be held without bail on a judge’s order despite the zero bail policy. Police and prosecutors would need to get the suspect to court to argue against release in front of a judge.
In response to comments on the social media posts that the sheriff’s office was simply using Crowder’s image to fit a narrative without offering him help, the sheriff’s office responded, “We would like an opportunity to intervene and get a fighting chance to get reoffenders into sobriety, rehab programs, education and other services we provide. The Zero Bail does not allow us to hit pause and start those services. We want to help these folks not see them reoffend.”
someone has been arrested for a crime, sometimes they are set free until the
trial date. When they are allowed to go home from jail until trial, they
usually are required to provide money to the courts as security that they will
show up for their scheduled appearances. This is called bail.
When they cannot afford the bail, they have an option: Bail bonds agents. These agents agree to pay bail for them.
What Bail Enforcement Agents Do:
If someone skips bail
and misses a court date, the bail bond agent loses the money paid on their
client’s behalf. That is, unless they can catch the client and take them back
to the court for trial.
To find a bail jumper
or bail skipper, as the person on the run may be called, a Bail Enforcement
Agent may be brought in by the bail bonds agent. Police departments have many
cases to handle and do not have the money or time to pursue everyone guilty of
skipping bail. So Bail Enforcement Agents investigate the bail skipper and figure
out where he or she may be hiding.
When the bail skipper
is located, they are then taken to court where the bail bondsman is released
from the bond agreement and gets his or her money back. The Bail Enforcement
Agent is paid a percentage of the original bail bond amount. That averages
between 10 and 20 percent.
Rules Bail Enforcement Agents Follow
are strict in regard to bounty hunting. Bail Enforcement Agents are controlled
by the laws of the state where they work. Laws vary from state to state, so Bail
Enforcement Agents must be careful and remain aware of laws applicable to them,
when searching for bail jumpers.
are some examples of individual state laws:
Ohio Bail Enforcement
Agents must be licensed after classroom education regarding their trade
Enforcement Agents are not required to be licensed or trained
Bail Enforcement Agents
cannot make arrests in a state other than the one where they are licensed,
unless that second state authorizes out-of-state Bail Enforcement Agents to do
Some states do not
allow bounty hunting within their state lines, such as Kentucky and Florida
Enforcement Agents must wear identifiable clothing which indicates they are Bail
Enforcement Agents when arresting a bail jumper in a home
Most states which
license Bail Enforcement Agents also require them to have insurance
Bail Enforcement Agent Arrests
Bail Enforcement Agents are able to make arrests and have some elbow room when it
comes to making those arrests. These investigators are permitted to enter a
bail jumper’s residence without a search or arrest warrant. That is, if they
have probable cause, meaning they believe the bail jumper is in the residence
at that time. A Bail Enforcement Agent is not allowed to enter anyone else’s
home to look for that individual if there is not an arrest warrant or the Bail
Enforcement Agent does not have the homeowner’s permission.
Enforcement Agents can arrest just as police do. They do not have to call
police to arrive on scene. Bail Enforcement Agents can use handcuffs or
otherwise detain the person they have been looking for, as part of the
agreement with the bail bondsman.
are limitations to these arrest rights, however. Regardless of which state the Bail
Enforcement Agent is working in, they:
Cannot carry firearms
without state licensure or permits
Cannot arrest anyone
except the bail skipper
Cannot use excessive
force to catch or detain a bail jumper
Could face false
arrest lawsuit if they detain the wrong person
Are held accountable
for their actions through the state’s department of insurance and police when
dealing with the public
professional and abide by state laws when taking alleged criminals to justice