Watch Out for These Bail Scams!

It seems that scammers are always coming up with new ways to con people out of money, and A 2nd Chance has been on the receiving end of some suspicious calls lately. We wanted to share our experiences with the hope that it will encourage others to be vigilant. The Fake Emergency Scam Our offices [...]

2020-01-21T09:18:52-05:00January 21st, 2020|News|

Social Media and Defendants’ Rights

The use of social media activity as evidence has added a whole new dimension to the discovery process, and it’s widely accepted that posts, tweets, snaps and check-ins can all help build a case. But are there pitfalls to this process, and what are defendants’ rights when it comes to maintaining privacy? The answer isn’t [...]

2020-01-21T09:19:43-05:00January 7th, 2020|News|

Crazy Christmas Capers and Other Sordid Stories

We’re at the end of another year, and chances are good that you’ve seen your share of mayhem in 2019. But brace yourself! The holidays can bring out the crazy in all of us, and you may find yourself with some new clients this holiday season. Just to give you a laugh, here’s a look [...]

2019-12-17T13:17:59-05:00December 17th, 2019|News|

Attorneys Get Burned Out, Too

Amid reports from across the country about attorney shortages and overwhelming caseloads, it’s not surprising that many attorneys are experiencing burnout. Like many in the “helping professions,” lawyers are vulnerable to experiencing both physical and mental fatigue. According to the American Bar Association (ABA), lawyers in certain practice areas, such as criminal, family or juvenile [...]

2019-11-19T05:51:40-05:00November 19th, 2019|News|

Attorney Shortages Hamper Legal System Across the U.S.

From the Ozarks to Houston to North Dakota, there are widespread reports of attorney shortages. Legal representation can be hard to come by, particularly in remote areas, and district attorneys’ offices across the country are overwhelmed and understaffed. Consider some quick stats: One-third of New Mexico’s counties have 10 or fewer attorneys; 21% have five [...]

2019-11-05T11:00:37-05:00November 5th, 2019|News|

Bail Discrepancies – Why Do Some Crimes Cost More Than Others?

In the bail bonds business, we sometimes scratch our heads when we’re writing a higher bond amount for say, marijuana possession, than we are for a DUI. After all, the offense of driving impaired seems to be far more of a danger to society than merely having pot in your pocket. Why would a defendant [...]

2019-10-08T10:44:25-04:00October 8th, 2019|News|

Why Do Courts Deny Bail

Defendants charged with a crime are entitled to bail, right? Not so fast. Sometimes all the money in the world won’t release a defendant out of jail. How do courts decide who gets bail and who doesn’t? Making this decision is a complicated process that considers a number of factors – from public safety issues [...]

2019-09-19T10:18:17-04:00September 19th, 2019|News|

Bail Recovery Agents Follow When You Flee

If you fail to appear in court and think you can evade the legal system, think again. A national network of bail recovery agents, or what is portrayed on TV as “bounty hunters,” stands ready to track you down. Many of these agents previously worked as law enforcement officers, so they understand how to find [...]

2019-08-26T13:22:29-04:00August 27th, 2019|News|

Getting Arrested? Stay Calm, Be Silent

Being imprisoned ranks fourth on the top 10 stressors list so it’s no surprise that getting arrested sparks a great deal of anxiety. In the event that you find yourself in custody, it is critical to remain calm. The police will be watching and observing your behavior to see if you do anything that would [...]

2019-08-21T10:24:11-04:00August 21st, 2019|News|