4.05.2007

Wheels Off - Literally

Wheels off moments in Jacksboro this morning. On the docket for a first appearance was a court appointed client of mine who was coming up from Huntsville (no jokes, please.) I got an odd courtesy call from Jacksboro PD while I was in the district clerk's office prior to court: My client had been arrested on a "bond withdrawal" warrant. Translation: She had bonded out of jail after her initial arrest but the bondsman got ticked off (normally for falling behind on payments) and then "went off the bond" which requires a warrant to be issued. So she drives hours to go to her court appearance in Jacksboro only to get stopped near the courthouse square and gets arrested. Did the cops know to be on the look out for her? I'm not sure. Normally you just wait for them to walk into court and then let the bailiff handled it with no fuss. What is very odd is that at least three different people (one from law enforcement) told me that her car had been repo'd. Not towed to a lot and impounded for the cops, but repo'd by a private finance company. I'm trying to figure out exactly how a repo man can find out about a traffic stop and tow a car all before 9:00 a.m. in the morning. To makes matters worse, her boyfriend - whom I have never met - finds me in the courthouse to tell me about his huge problem. He just rode to court with the newly arrested gal and now he was stuck in Jacksboro with no transportation. He asked me where the bus station was. After checking around, I had the joy of telling him, "there is no bus station." I think I saw the life force get sucked out of him at that moment. So later I'm sitting around in court on other matters when the deputies bring in this nicely dressed woman in handcuffs and sit her on a bench. I exchange glances of "who is that?" with the court administrator and we finally figure out it's my gal who just got arrested! (That's a new one for me: A person gets arrested on the morning of their court date only to make it to court in time.) I went and talked to her and we entered a plea of not guilty. (It was a dope case, by the way.) She was worried about her job and was admittedly confused about her situation - She bonded out, had paid most of the bond fee, and now gets arrested after driving hours to be in court. The bond, after all, was to secure her appearance in court. She's proven she'll show up in court - if we'll let her. After some discussions with the DA and the judge, we got her out of jail on a new bond and a new court date. That was a heck of a morning for her. I just hope she can find a way back home now that she doesn't have a car.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Her mistake. She shouldn't have used Blackjack. He (or whoever runs it now)goes off most of the bonds that he goes go on.

Anonymous said...

Poor, poor, little dope head! Barry, maybe you can give her a ride and you two can smoke some dope together. Just don't give consent when you get pulled over. Our hearts really go out to you both Barry. It's terrible you had such of a hectic morning. Why don't you try growing a pair?

Anonymous said...

Same way that reporters find out that someone will be leaving the WC jail at 4 in the morning on the way to a state facility. Conveniently, they are there for pics.

Anonymous said...

So, for me, the idiot, explain why you are a court appointed lawyer for a client from Huntsville? Did the offense occur in Wise County? Was she in prison in Huntsville for the arrest she got in Wise County? Probably not. Or is there just a shortage of court appointed lawyers? I'm so confused.

With the oil crisis/cost of gas, global warming, shady bail bondsmen, municipalities paying POlicemen overtime and stretching budgets for such frivolous activities, THE WAR IN IRAQ, and all that neo-con security shiate going on, why can't you judicial folks just use some technology?

Like, just have her stand in front of a TV screen at some court room in Huntsville, with all their legal beagles present, and talk to you Wise County local yocal judicial legal beagles and get this crap over with. HJFC. What a total waste.

Anonymous said...

7:03PM, you should use some technology and discover that Jacksboro is not in Wise County. Protip: remove the last five letters from the town name, and you'll have the county name!

Anonymous said...

So what I want to know is what did the tattoos on her breast and neck say?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for pointing out my errors, anal retentive 7:49PM, and after that, just xxxx out the county names and answer the questions. Huntsville is a long way from any little shiate hole in Wise or Jack County. Again, I will say, HJFC, what a total waste. Yours is the typical neo-con response - pounce on a simple error, and not address the problem.

P.S. Your protip doesn't work for many counties - like, say Tarrant, Montague, Cooke, Grayson, I could go on and on...........

Anonymous said...

7:49 p.m.--What is this Neo-Con stuff you keep saying? What is neo-con?