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How Bail Bonds Work

How does bail bonds work in New Mexico? A judge will set the defendant’s bail amount. The New Mexico bail bonds agent posts the bond once a co-signor guarantees the full amount of bail to the bondsman will be paid if the defendant does not appear in court for trial.

Part of understanding how bail bonds work in New Mexico, cosignors will want to find the best, most reputable agents to get the most secure bond possible.

Find Out About DUI Arrest Penalties In Farmington
Alcoholic Drink and Car Keys Under Spot Light.
Alcoholic Drink and Car Keys Under Spot Light.

When trying to understand Farmington DUI first offense penalties, it is also prudent to research DUI defense strategies and the alcoholism treatment centers in Farmington.

A good number of states have now begun mandatory installation of interlock ignition systems for Farmington 1st offense DUI convictions.

With this device, the driver must take a breathalyzer test when after they are sitting in the car.

In states like Minnesota and Ohio, the first offense DWI offenders are likely to have their license revoked.

After successfully finishing safety courses and fulfilling other duties, like community service, first offense DWI offenders in Farmington may be permitted to reapply for their driver’s license. However, the car they drive must have special license plates that draw the attention of cops and checkpoints. Also, Farmington SR22 insurance will be required.

For severe BAC readings, the courts are less tolerant.

Sometimes, steep fines or jail time may be added to other penalties.

Do bail bondsmen have to be cutthroat?

Do you have to be cutthroat to be a successful bail bondsman?

While the bail bonds industry does not have the most respected reputation, most of the bail bondsmen that I know are good decent businessmen.

I liked the article from Mark Ford, editor of Creating Wealth so much, I thought I would post some of the best excepts from it here.  I would encourage all to subscribe to Palm Beach Daily for more like this.

Must you be cutthroat to succeed in business?

Mark Ford

“I come from a poor family. I want to start a business and make money to help them. But when I see successful businesspeople depicted on TV and in the movies, it seems like lying and cheating and screwing people is the way to go. I’m worried. Is that what I’m going to have to do?”This question was posed just after I had given a presentation on entrepreneurship to a group of MBA candidates at Florida Atlantic University. I was momentarily startled by the question. I was sure I hadn’t said anything that suggested success in business required a cutthroat approach.

Still, the question was understandable. When Hollywood depicts business and businesspeople, it is more often than not in a negative light. And when Wall Street, the banking community, and the insurance industry screw their clients—as they’ve done so notoriously lately—how could any young person think any differently?

So I told the young people in my audience what I’m about to tell you today.

It is definitely not necessary to be bad to be good in business. [Including the bail bonds business.] But the path to business success—and this is especially true for small businesses—is booby-trapped with temptations to do the wrong thing.

I have been starting and growing businesses ever since I was a teenager, and was never tempted to violate my conscience until I went to work for a South Florida direct-marketing company when I was in my early 30s.

During my time there, I accomplished a lot that I am still proud of. But I also got involved with a few marketing schemes that were misleading. These got me into regulatory trouble and cost me a lot of money.

Looking back at it now, I feel foolish to have allowed myself to act that way. The projects that made the most money in the long run were the good ones. The flim-flam stuff was good only for short-term money. I could have done better had I walked a narrower line.

Most of the successful businesspeople I know are honest men and women who treat their colleagues, vendors, and customers as they would like to be treated themselves. But there are a good number who do cut corners now and then. And there are a few who are bad—who seem to derive pleasure from causing others harm.

I’ve known direct-mail marketers who bargained with their printers and letter shops to provide service at below cost simply because they knew these guys needed to keep their staffs employed.

I’ve known owners of profitable businesses who paid lower-level employees minimum wage simply because they could get away with it.

I once worked with a man who refused to pay me my equity in a business when I wanted to get out simply because he knew I wouldn’t sue him.

I once worked with a consultant who slandered my client on the Internet as a way to generate business for himself—then had the nerve to teach his dirty trick to people who bought his largely plagiarized marketing program.

The list is endless…

These rotten apples prove that you can become successful by being ruthless. But if you look at their lives, you can see that their path is not easier, faster, or emotionally satisfying in the end. When you grow your business by being devious, your character is tainted by your actions. You become jealous of your competitors, distrustful of your employees, and suspicious of almost everyone you deal with because you assume they think the way you think. As time goes by, you find yourself spending most of your time fighting to stay in business. It’s a miserable way to get rich.

My experience tells me that ruthlessness is not an essential component of entrepreneurial success. Success is always a product of…

  • • Hard work
  • • Long hours
  • • The ability to focus
  • • Marketing know-how
  • • The will to carry on when faced with any obstacle.

Wise business people understand that the trust and loyalty they’ve earned will pave golden paths of opportunity. With each passing year, every dollar will come more easily because of all the relationships they have developed along the way.

Machiavellian business tactics are self-defeating. All those people you suckered will remember you. In their own quiet but powerful ways, they will do whatever they can to see you punished. That may mean anything from ignoring your next sales effort to denouncing you on the Internet to reporting you to the authorities—even to blowing your head off.


The dozens of “good” businesspeople I work with these days are open and honest in their dealings, generous with their time and knowledge, and always willing to share in areas of mutual interest.

. . .

A few years ago, I loaned one of my jiu jitsu instructors $5,000. He was embarrassed when he asked for it, but he needed the money—and I really wanted to help him out. He paid me back every dollar, insisting on paying me interest, too. So when he came to me recently and asked for advice on a business he wanted to start, I was happy to give it to him—and to invest a considerable amount of money in the business as well.

Donald Trump presents himself as a very tough businessman. And I’m sure he drives a hard bargain. But I don’t think he’s ruthless. I’ve heard from people who’ve worked with him that his deals are generally fair—and although he can be a bit pompous, his business demeanor is usually measured and respectful.

I have written about Bill Bonner before. Of all the clients I’ve had, he is one of the most impressive in terms of the way he treats people. In more than 14 years of working with him, I’ve never heard him say a bad word about anyone. And I’ve never heard anyone say a bad word about him.

Treating people fairly is like putting money in the bank and collecting compound interest. As the years go by, your account will grow gradually larger and then, suddenly, it will get huge. When that happens, you can enjoy continued success without working very hard because you will have banked so much good will.

One caveat: Treating people well and fairly works for 95% of those you come in contact with. As for the other 5%—well, there’s not much you can do except try to avoid them in the first place.

So, before you go into business with anyone (an employee, a colleague, a vendor—anyone), get to know him on a personal basis. Meet him. Ask questions. Ask for references. Check them. If you feel at all concerned that you might be dealing with one of the rotten few, take a pass.

Over the years, I’ve become a better businessman because I’ve been influenced by people of good character who were kind enough to give me lots of good advice.

Among the things I’ve learned, I recommend the following “commandments” to you:

The 10 Commandments of Doing “Good” in Business . . .

LifeSafer Predicts the Losers of Super Bowl 50

If you’ve made a friendly wager on the outcome of this Sunday’s game, or if you’ve got strong ties to one of the teams, you’ve got a stake in the winner. If the bookies are right, the Panthers are set to best the Broncos at Super Bowl 50.


Either way, we can tell who the real losers will be this Super Bowl Sunday.

  • The fan who drinks all through the game, then heads for home in a car.
  • The passengers who rides with that fan.
  • The host who sees a drunk guest leaving the party, and doesn’t intervene.
  • Anyone on the road who’s near that drunken fan.

This isn’t idle speculation. In 2013 the Auto Club of Southern California studied drinking and driving on Super Bowl Sunday, and found that the risk of a DUI crash is about 75 percent greater the day of the event than on other Sundays.

The solution? If you’re a guest at a Super Bowl 50 gathering, do this:

  • Designate a driver, or make plans to stay long enough to sober up (it might be quite a long time – plan on an alcohol-free dinner)
  • If you don’t have a DD, call a taxi or a friend.

If you’re hosting a Super Bowl Party:

  • Encourage guests to have a plan to drink OR drive.
  • Stop serving alcohol and start coffee and dessert after halftime.
  • Serve food (protein and carbs) to slow alcohol’s effect
  • Make non-alcoholic drinks available.
  • Keep a taxi, rideshare or sober ride service phone number handy.

And of course, if you see an impaired driver on the road, call 911 from a safe place and report the incident.

That’s it. We can tell the Patriots or Broncos how to win Super Bowl 50. But we offer advice on how not to be a big loser on that day.

See you at the game.

“Can I sign for myself,” they ask, “or will I need another cosigner?”

Bail bonds companies often get phone calls from people who have been recently arrested, asking if they are eligible to cosign for their own bail bonds.


Get Out of Jail words on a board game and player piece moving to illustrate escaping from prisoner after arrest and court


There is no cut and dry answer to this question since there are many factors that will contribute to the bondsman’s decision. This includes everything from whether the defendant has a prior history of arrest, if they live locally (or out of state,) whether the defendant is employed, what type of work they do and how long they’ve been with their job, whether they were arrested for warrants (because they have a past history of not going to court when they are supposed to), the overall health of their credit score and whether the person in custody owns their own home.

If you are wanting to sign for your own bail bonds, the  bail bondsman will likely ask if they can run your credit; if you own your own home they may also run a property report.

Yes, the agent will check these things.

If the person in custody claims to have excellent credit and own their own home, but a search shows the defendant doesn’t have credit or own their own property, they will clearly not be permitted to sign for themselves and the bondsman will require an outside signer.

On the other hand, if the defendant has stable employment, this is their first arrest and their credit report looks good, there is a very good chance they will be able to post their own bail bonds.

A Thorough DUI Investigation Examines a Number of Often Overlooked Details

Alcoholic Drink and Car Keys Under Spot Light.

  • Was your initial stop and detention warranted?
  • Were the officers involved in your arrest properly trained in field sobriety testing and the use of testing equipment?
  • Was the testing equipment in proper working order?
  • Do records and evidence corroborate law enforcement’s version of events?
  • Were you afforded all of your legal rights during the process?
  • Have law enforcement personnel and prosecutors followed proper protocol?

Why do people have to post bail?

They don’t.

If a judge grants you bail, you are under no obligation to pay it. Bail is an opportunity for you to get out of jail while the date for your trial is pending. After most people are arrested, they would rather get out of jail than wait in jail until their trial comes up. After all, it is difficult to work from jail, see friends while in jail, and participate in a family life while in jail.

If you are interested in paying bail, then there are a number of options available to you:

Concept For Corruption, Bankruptcy Court, Bail, Crime, Bribing, Fraud, Auction Bidding. Judges or Auctioneer Gavel, Soundboard And Bundle Of Dollar Cash On The Rough Wooden Textured Table Background.

Post Bail on Your Own
If you have enough money sitting around, you can post a bail bond in your own, which means that you pay for your own bail bond. Because bails are often several thousand dollars, most people do not have the money to post a bail bond without assistance. In some cases, you may have a friend or a family member that can lend you whatever money you do not have so that you can get out of jail. Posting bail on your own is the most cost-effective way to get out of jail because you will get this money back as long as you show up in court for your trial.

Work with a Bonding Agency
There are many bail bonding agencies that will become available to you if you are in jail. The majority of the bail bonding agencies will charge a ten percent down payment in order to get you out of jail. In essence, you are paying the bail bonding agency to take a risk on you. The down payment is made based on a percentage of your bail amount. A defendant will not get this money back. However, the bonding agency will get 100 percent of the money that is forks over to the court back as long as the defendant shows up to court. For this reason, bail bonding agencies have a financial interest in hiring bounty hunters and other officials to make sure that you show up in court or that you are apprehended in a timely manner if you fail to show up in court.

As you can see, bail is strictly optional, but most people that have the opportunity to get out of jail take advantage of it so that they can return to work or return to their families.

Former sheriff’s candidate accused of fraud

Daniel Goldberg

FARMINGTON — Daniel Goldberg Sr. has been charged for a third time in magistrate court with fraud in connection to his alleged activities as a bail bondsman.

The 55-year-old former candidate for San Juan County sheriff was charged Wednesday in Farmington Magistrate Court with eight counts of fourth-degree felony fraud.

He was previously charged in two separate cases filed in July and August in Aztec Magistrate Court with an additional eight counts of felony fraud, four counts of extortion, five counts of misdemeanor fraud and racketeering.

Goldberg was arrested Thursday and is being held at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a $80,000 bond, according to court records.

Goldberg’s attorney, Eric Morrow, said he was aware that Goldberg had been arrested, but he was not familiar with the new allegations made against him.

The arrest warrant affidavit for Goldberg was filed under seal Wednesday by magistrate Judge Mark Hawkinson, according to Farmington police spokeswoman Georgette Allen.

Allen said police requested the seal due to the ongoing nature of the investigation. She said the affidavit would be made public at Goldberg’s preliminary examination hearing.

Morrow said sealing an arrest warrant affidavit was highly unusual for a case such as this.

However, The Daily Times requested and received a copy of the arrest warrant affidavit from the court on Thursday.

Police allege in the affidavit that Goldberg filed a fraudulent quitclaim deed with the San Juan County Clerk’s Office on September 26, 2013, to seize a property at 2807 E. 30th St. in Farmington.

The property was owned by Christie Donnelly, the affidavit states.

Donnelly, 44, contacted Farmington police detectives in April 2015 to report the alleged fraud, the affidavit states.

She told detectives she had signed an agreement with Goldberg in September 2013 that allowed Goldberg to collect rent and make mortgage payments at the property, which would provide him a net monthly sum of $298.

In exchange, Goldberg would post a $6,000 cash bond for her husband, according to the affidavit.

Instead, Goldberg filed the quitclaim deed and sold the property to himself for the sum of $10, the affidavit states.

According to the San Juan County Assessor’s website, the property is currently owned by Daniel Goldberg Sr. and his son, Daniel Goldberg Jr. It has an actual value of $170,440, according to the county assessor.

Donnelly told detectives she never signed a quitclaim deed, but she did sign the contract that allowed Goldberg to collect rent at the property.

Donnelly said she learned the property had been seized in August 2014 after she received a foreclosure notice for it.

Police learned from the property’s tenants that Goldberg had collected $11,500 in property rent between October 2013 and August 2014.

Police executed search warrants Thursday at the property at 2807 E. 30th St. and another property owned by Goldberg at 5108 Bellflower Circle.

A court date for the case has not yet been set, but Goldberg is expected to appear at a preliminary examination hearing in a related case on Dec. 3.

Goldberg Sr. is not authorized by the state of New Mexico to act as a bail bondsman after regulators refused to renew his license in 2007, according to state records. He previously had a Florida bail bondsman license suspended in 1991 after he was accused of issuing bail bonds while employed as a police officer.

In November 1990, He was also criminally charged for issuing a bail bond while employed as a law enforcement officer and pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor offense.

An investigation by The Daily Times in October also showed Goldberg used the alias “Daniel Zbras” to conduct business and register to vote in Florida.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644.

Being a bail bondsman can be risky business

Guest Columnist

Fortunately I’ve never needed a bail bondsman, but after interviewing Mark Derr, owner/agent of Day and Night Bail Bonds, I know what one could expect. I spent an hour with Derr and walked away with information overload regarding what he does. My preconceived idea of being bailed out of jail went something like calling a bondsman, pay him his fee, go home, go to court on the appointed day and time and either go home for good or go to the pokey. As I’ve been told before, I’m very naïve sometimes.

Derr began his profession in the early 1990s. He changed careers for a while, then decided to go back into the bail bonding business and has been doing this for the past seven years.

“I had to take a two-day course which encompassed learning about the laws involved and the, ‘do’s and don’ts’ about this profession,” Derr said. “I then had to take an exam through the state and after passing the exam I was licensed. For the first year I had to work under a supervising agent to learn all I could under his tutelage. At the end of the year I went out on my own and have been an independent agent since then.”

He told me he has to take a continuing education class yearly so he is up-to-date on the changes in the law. If he should ever fail to take these continued education classes his license would be revoked or suspended until he takes the required classes. He is licensed in every county in North Carolina and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

I asked about what happens when he posts bail for someone who has been arrested. He told me anyone who has been arrested has the right by law to receive a bail amount. If the person is able to post bail they are released from jail until their court date. They are still considered in custody, however, they are allowed certain freedoms outside of jail for the duration of their case. If they cannot post bail they stay in jail until their court hearing. An example of this would be if the bond is set at $10,000, the bondsman must put up $10,000 of his money for the individual to be allowed to leave the jail. The state of North Carolina regulates the amount a bondsman can ask for his fee and that amount is 15 percent.

Derr has a contract that must be signed by the individual and a co-signer must also sign it. I asked for a blank copy of his contract and I was amazed that there were six pages involved.

Three pages are terms the client has to agree to. He told me he encourages the individual as well as the co-signer to read through it entirely because by signing it they give up some of their rights until a court decision is made regarding their arrest.

If the individual goes to all appointed court dates and meets all the requirements involved until the completion of his case then the $1,500 goes to the bondsman. If the individual skips bail the state allows Derr a certain amount of time to find them, arrest them and bring them back. If the person is not found and brought back the bondsman loses his $10,000.

One of the changes in the law has been that the person who owes the bail money can now finance it and make weekly payments toward it. Derr said he may have lost his money once or twice in the span of a year.

I asked Derr what case he remembers most of all. He said a girl he had posted bond for skipped town. When it came time to pay the bond to the court he was unable to find her. Derr had to pay the bond amount then filed a remittance to the court to try to get the money back. He chased this girl for eight months and through three states before he found her. Her boyfriend took care of her so she had nothing in her name. He had to track the boyfriend in order to find her. Her case cost him approximately $5,000 in travel expenses.

I asked Derr if over the years he has developed a gut instinct or red flag regarding whether to take a case or not. He said he definitely has. He picks up on this during conversation and the paperwork that is filled out. Some people have a tendency to give themselves away within the first three minute of conversation by contradicting themselves when asked the same question a different way.

Derr has to hunt for his own skips in North Carolina. He is not allowed to hire “bounty hunters” for this. He said he does have a few other agents who work with him from time to time. He also uses a database like the one used by the FBI. Included in the contract the victim signs are such things as requirements that tracking devices are allowed to be placed on their vehicles, credit card purchases can be traced, etc. I mentioned to him that I had seen this on TV and wondered if in real life this was part of his way of finding skips.

He said most of the people who are bailed out are criminals and they don’t have credit cards or cars in their name. They know how to move under the radar so Derr has to be careful about how he tracks them.

However, the contract they sign lets them know they are giving away a lot of their rights until their case is closed.

I asked Derr if the police work well with bondsmen and he said not in Mecklenburg County, where he has another office. He said it bothers him because they are all considered officers of the court. The police take it personally if they arrest someone and in two hours the person is out of jail. The Lincoln County officers, especially the Sheriff’s Office, work very well with Derr. At times he has called on them for assistance and has met with no resistance.

During the years Derr was not using his bondsman experience he lived in Charlotte and owned two nightclubs.

He started a security business for quite a few entertainers such as Ice Cube, Boys 2 Men, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Johnny Winters, providing them with bodyguard services.