The “Bail Bond Whore”……….

I did not know it was against the law in most states for a bail bond company to refer an attorney. Florida is one of those states. I thought that my son and I were being blessed with such a referral. I mean, who else would know the best attorneys, if not that bail bondsman. It never occurred to me that it was illegal.

This might help explain why the beautiful attorney did nothing on my son’s case. This might help to explain why she was only interested in a plea.

After some extensive research, I learned the following:

The term “bail bond whore” describes an attorney whose practice depends largely on referrals from bail bondsmen. The great attorney Lubbock Byron Chappell believed “bail bond whores” joined plea bargain lawyers, penitentiary agents, and V-6 lawyers to threaten the reputation and livelihood of the stand-up, ethical-but-zealous criminal defense bar. He called every surety a “two-bit bondsman. (Ethics and the Law: Bad Apples in Every Barrel – By Robert Pelton)

It is unethical for a bail bondsman or jail staff member to refer a defendant or a family member of a defendant to a particular attorney for representation in a criminal matter. In many situations this act is also considered a violation of the law as well as a violation of ethics rules.  If you have been referred to a particular attorney by a bail bondsman or jail staff member you should report this action to your local law enforcement immediately.

Some unethical attorneys pay handsome “finder’s fees” to these bail bondsmen in exchange for their referral. The bail bondsman does not have your best interest in mind when referring you to the unethical attorney who pays for referrals. Bail bondsmen are interested in having your case closed as soon as possible as to avoid any risk of having to pay the entire bond should the defendant miss a court date. It is in the best interest of the bail bondsman for your case to be “plead out” as soon as possible despite your innocence or desire to reach a better plea agreement.

You must also ask yourself if the attorney has to pay finder’s fees to obtain clients, how competent is the attorney? (http://burtonandmckinnish.com)

Lastly…

The Florida Statutes [See 648.44(1)(a), Florida Statutes] prohibit a bail bond agent from suggesting or advising the employment of any particular attorney to represent his/her principal (defendant).

The Department strictly enforces this statute and does not allow any bail bond agent to refer any defendant to a particular attorney or attorneys. Bail bond agents found to be referring defendants to use the services of one or more attorneys may find they are the subject of an investigation into their business activities as a licensee.

To be clear, the bail bond agent’s act of suggesting more than one attorney does not remove it from being “any particular attorney”. All attorneys are “particular” attorneys if they are chosen by the agent to suggest to a client. This includes bail bond agents:

Wow, who would think?? I know not what to think. So many questions.. Are the prosecutors, defense attorneys and bail bondsmen all in bed together? I may never know.

What I do know is that I took a great lost from all of the money given to our beautiful attorney.  It hurt and continues to hurt me both financially and emotionally. As I mention in my previous post, I thought retaining new counsel was the answer to my son’s problems. I was wrong again.

Please read this blog from the beginning. It will bring you up to date. I started my blog on 6/18/2014. All comments welcomed…Thank you.


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