Does the Florida Statutes prohibit a bail bond agent from referring customers to attorneys?
Yes. Subsection §648.44(1)(a), Florida Statutes, states bail bond agents and temporary bail bond agents are prohibited from suggesting or advising the use of any particular attorney to represent his or her principal. Any bail bond agent violating this prohibition is subject to suspension or revocation of their license and commits a first-degree misdemeanor subject to applicable criminal penalties.
Funnily, I do not see anything about what happens to the attorney that participates in the act. They are suppose to know the law. What is their defense? What is their consequence or penalty. Surely, they deserve some type of reprimand. How ethical is an attorney that allow a bail bond agent to refer clients knowing it is against the law?
When I think about my son’s first attorney, I get this loathsome feeling in the bottom of my stomach. The attorney knows that they are breaking the law but does it anyway. If they can break one law, they can break another. It is obvious that they do not have an ethical bone in their body. It is only about the money. This is what my son started with at the onset of this case. And as you are aware, it gets worst.
She required $15000 and $4000 more if we went to trial. Not to mention that I had to pay for all depositions, etc.
I told her that I could give her $5000 and $200/bi-weekly. I never missed a payment. In fact, I was depositing it directly into one of her accounts. I never received a receipt. A trust in my son’s name was never done. These are all the things I learned later. We were so naïve.
Incidentally, I paid the additional $4000 to go to trial but we never went to trial. No refund, no defense. However, thank God for emails and bank records.
All she did was to continue and continue and continue pre-trial conferences and hearings. She did not try for a speedy trial. She did not go for youthful offender. My son and I did not know anything at the time, but 2 years later we had the education of a lifetime.
I guess that I keep thinking about this attorney because the case started with her and should have ended with her. All she had to do was the right thing. She chose not to.