Some General Sessions Judges Turning To Cash Bonds

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

General Sessions Court Judge David Bales said in some cases he is now allowing defendants to post cash bonds rather than going through the traditional system involving bail bond agents.

He said he has used the cash bonds in several situations where the defendants had prior court cases and owed the county a significant amount of fines and court costs.

Judge Bales said the system gives defendants the impetus to come up with the case, and it brings in much-needed income for the county. When the defendant has fulfilled his commitment on the bond, the amount he or she owes the county for fines or court costs is deducted from the amount that is rebated.

The judge said, "There are a lot of county needs, including schools, and this helps take the burden off the taxpayer."

He said other judges are considering the cash bond option as well and others have used the new method.

Judge Bales said the bonding companies are supposed to have defendants pay 10 percent of the amount of the bond. But he said some bonding companies undercut that rate, allowing defendants with higher bonds to get out by paying an amount much below the standard 10 percent.

He said, "You would be surprised when you offer a lower cash bond how quick some of the defendants are able to come up with the money. A grandmama finds it under her pillow or his buddies are able to round up the money to get him out."  

 


Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ALLEN, PERCY 918 OAK STREET CHATTANOOGA, 37406 19 Chattanooga POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA ALLEN, PORTER SCOTT 3622 ALTAMIRA DR CHATTANOOGA, 37412 19 Chattanooga DRIVING ON ROADWAYS LANED FOR TRAFFIC, VIOLATION FAILURE TO REPORT ACCIDENT LEAVING SCENE OF ACCIDENT W/DAMAGE TO VEHICLE BEAM, ... (click for more)

Tennessee State Trooper Arrests 3 Men On Drug Charges; Seizes Crystal Meth In Coffee County

A Tennessee state trooper arrested two previously-convicted felons and another man on drug charges earlier this week after stopping their vehicle for speeding in a construction zone in Coffee County.  Trooper Donnie Clark  on Tuesday  afternoon stopped a sport utility vehicle for a speeding violation on westbound Interstate-24 near the 115 mile marker. Upon initial ... (click for more)

Shelley Andrews Will Be Missed - And Response

Shelley Andrews was one of the kindest, most thoughtful and most effective laborers in our community.  Her work with the Friends of Moccasin Bend was exemplary.  She listened, she learned and she led with dignity and class. Her brave battle with ovarian cancer was a testament to her positive spirit and commitment to her work on behalf of the people of this region. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Magic Bank Account

As the month of January is almost out the door, I am opening my email today to share a marvelous story that legend has it was printed on piece of paper found in Bear Bryant’s wallet when he died in 1983. While I don’t know that the famed Alabama football coach had this lesson in his wallet, chances are he might have if he’d read it. * * * THE BANK ACCOUNT & RULES Imagine ... (click for more)

Abbott Fuels Late Rally, Sale Creek Trips Whitwell, 68-57

Hayden Abbott, one of several Sale Creek basketball seniors honored between games Thursday night, hit back-to-back 3-pointers to key a fourth-quarter comeback and lead the District 6-A regular season champion Panthers to a stirring 68-57 victory over the gutty Whitwell Tigers. “Hayden hit some big shots that got some momentum going for us, got the crowd back into the game and ... (click for more)

McCallie Promotes Three in Athletics Dept

McCallie School has announced the promotion of three employees into administrative roles in the Athletic Office. Jeff Romero, Mike Newman and Ralph Potter have all been promoted to new or reconfigured positions.  “From a practical standpoint, responsibilities of a modern athletic program have grown beyond the ability of a single person to manage,” said Associate Headmaster ... (click for more)