COVID-19 UPDATE: Our offices are open 24/7! We have the ability to process bonds electronically as well as in-person.

Is Coronavirus Taking a Bite Out of Crime?

In this time of social uncertainty due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, could a drop in crime be a silver lining? Police from around the country – from Vermont to Indiana to California – are saying that crime rates are declining. Officers in Maine, already with one of the lowest crime rates in the [...]

2020-03-25T15:23:07-04:00March 25th, 2020|News|

Crime Isn’t Immune to COVID-19 and We’re Here to Help

As you are undoubtedly aware, crime continues despite the coronavirus. We just wanted to send a reminder that we are here for you and your clients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our offices are open, and we are following public health guidelines for disinfecting and social distancing. If people don’t want to [...]

2020-03-23T14:43:51-04:00March 23rd, 2020|News|

Life Happens…But You Must Notify the Court to Avoid Trouble

When a person gets arrested, it’s critical for him or her to make their court appearance. If they don’t, they will be held in contempt of court and face a bench warrant – a warrant for their arrest due to nonappearance. This second arrest may cause the court to set a higher bail amount or [...]

2020-03-03T14:05:32-05:00March 3rd, 2020|News|

Georgia’s Cannabis Laws – New Year, New Rules?

As cities and states across the United States approve legalization of cannabis for recreational use, can Georgia be far behind? After all, with Atlanta as the cultural and economic hub of the Southeast, you would expect that we might follow in the footsteps of cities like Los Angeles and Chicago in terms of legalizing this [...]

2020-01-29T12:44:44-05:00February 4th, 2020|News|

Are Sentence Review Units a Way to Reduce Incarceration?

Did you know that America’s prison population more than quadrupled over the last four decades? With more communities taking a ‘tough on crime’ stance toward offenders, especially repeat offenders, the number of people behind bars grew at a staggering rate. According to the National Research Council and The Sentencing Project, “harsh sentencing laws like mandatory [...]

2020-01-22T17:14:46-05:00January 28th, 2020|News|

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|