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Working with Families on Second Chances

Posted August 17, 2020

While A 2nd Chance Bail Bonds is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and has the ability to quickly post bail for a defendant, there are times when a family wants to delay bail bond service.

Recently, we had a case where the defendant was taken into custody for alleged drug use. She contacted us immediately following booking and gave us her mother’s number to call about posting bail. When General Manager Jesse Fellabaum reached out to the mother, she explained that her daughter was on a “downward spiral” and the family was very concerned. The defendant didn’t have any prior arrests, but her loved ones felt like she was slipping away into a world of drug abuse and bad decisions. The mother begged Jesse not to post bail immediately. She wanted some time to line up professional help for her daughter and said she would call back later to post the bond and get her daughter out of jail.

Jesse remained in touch with the mother, offering her guidance and feedback for a week as she made arrangements with a rehabilitation clinic. On the eighth day after the arrest, the mother was ready to process the bond. Jesse worked with the clinic to schedule a time to pick the defendant up from jail and start her on her path to a healthier lifestyle.

This case is still in process, but the defendant is doing very well and reports that she has been sober for months. Her story serves as a reminder that sometimes it’s beneficial to delay posting a bail bond. Her family felt that she needed a “reality check” and by allowing her to stay in jail for a period of time, the seriousness of her situation sunk in.

We often serve as a voice of reason or a shoulder to cry on for defendants and their family members. We take our responsibility seriously, knowing that people’s lives and livelihoods are at stake. We truly believe “everyone deserves a second chance” and are proud of the work we do to provide them.

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