GAINESVILLE – Florida freshman offensive lineman Jessamen Dunker appeared in Alachua County court on Thursday morning and was released on his own recognizance after being arrested Wednesday for allegedly stealing a motor scooter and driving with a suspended license.

 

Dunker said he paid $600 for the scooter. He is to not have contact with the alleged victim in the case. He was pulled over for not having a motor vehicle tag and a check showed the scooter had been reported stolen.

 

Gainesville attorney Huntley Johnson, who is representing Dunker, said he’s uncertain if he has a receipt for the sale but noted $600 would have been a fair price for a used scooter in the condition it was in.

 

“I’d hate to count the number of times I had a transaction where I didn’t have a receipt,” Johnson said.

 

Dunker is expected to compete for a starting job on the 2013 team, pending the current situation.

The founder of the WikiLeaks whistle-blowing website, who is fighting extradition to Sweden for questioning over alleged sex crimes, surprised his high-profile backers by holing up inside the Knightsbridge office on Tuesday evening.

It meant he breached his strict bail conditions and so a court may rule that those who put up security money and sureties, including Jemima Khan, Ken Loach and Michael Moore, must forfeit the money their either paid or promised.

But his supporters defended his actions and likened him to the blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, who was hailed a hero after escaping house arrest to take refuge in an American embassy. Mr Assange, a 40 year-old Australian, fears he will be extradited to America from Sweden because of his role in leaking thousands of sensitive diplomatic cables and military files.

He made the dramatic move just days after Britain’s highest court, the Supreme Court, refused to reopen his appeal against extradition to Sweden, although he could still take his case to the European Court of Human Rights.

Ms Khan, the daughter of the billionaire financier Sir James Goldsmith and the former wife of the Pakistani cricketer turned politician Imran Khan, admitted on Twitter she had contributed to his bail funds and said: “I had expected him to face the allegations. I am as surprised as anyone by this.”

Vaughan Smith, a journalist who put up £20,000 and let Mr Assange stay at his country mansion in Norfolk, said: “I’m shocked, I hadn’t suspected it at all. He stayed with me for 13 months and this was never discussed, so I’m certainly surprised.

“I’m obviously troubled I might lose the £20,000. It’s a considerable sum and I don’t think there are many people who could afford to lose that amount of money. It’s a balance between Julian’s interests and my family’s interests, but at least my family aren’t facing extradition or a life sentence, so I feel that now is not the time to abandon Julian as a friend.

“The thing that concerns me most is that Julian has become a Western dissident and maybe we need to reflect on whether our society is as tolerant as we think it is.”

Tariq Ali, the left-wing activist, said Mr Assange’s attempt to seek asylum “could be a good move unless the vassal state that is Britain sends in the paras”.

Mr Ali went on: “A Chinese dissident becomes a Western folk hero for reaching the US Embassy in Beijing. But a western dissident will be treated as a hostile for reaching a South American embassy. Think of the double standards.”

Philip Knightley, an Australian journalist who promised to pay £20,000 if his friend breached his bail terms, told the BBC: “He did email me to say something like this might happen. He sort of apologised and said ‘don’t worry, it will work out in the end’.”

Michael Moore, the film-maker who is also believed to have put up bail money, wrote online: “Any and all allegations of sexual abuse by anyone and to anyone must be treated very seriously, and Mr Assange should cooperate with the inquiry.

“But it appears that Sweden has little interest in these charges – what they really want is the ability to extradite Assange to America. And that, simply, must not happen.”

Other backers including Ken Loach, the film-maker; John Pilger, the journalist; and Felix Dennis, the publisher, did not respond to requests for comment.

After arriving at the Ecuadorean embassy in Knightsbridge on Tuesday evening and spending the night there, Mr Assange breached the bail conditions imposed on him by the High Court, which require him to stay at a specified address between 10pm and 8am.

The Metropolitan Police said: “He is now subject to arrest under the Bail Act for breach of these conditions.”

On Wednesday morning, Mr Assange’s friend Gavin Macfadyen visited him and said afterwards: “He is fine – he is in very good humour and very grateful for the hospitality of the embassy which has been very generous and welcoming.”

Later in the afternoon, it emerged that embassy officials had discussed their unexpected guest with the British Government.

Anna Alban, the Ecuadorian ambassador, said in a statement: “This morning I had a meeting with representatives of the British Government at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to discuss the application of Mr Julian Assange for diplomatic sanctuary and political asylum. The discussions were cordial and constructive.

“I welcome the statement from the UK Government last night in which they stated that they (the UK Government) would work with the Ecuadorian government to find a resolution.

“I also took the opportunity to explain that the decision on Mr Assange’s application would be assessed by the department of foreign affairs in Quito and would take into account Ecuador’s long and well-established tradition in supporting human rights.

“I also emphasised to the UK Government that it was not the intention of the Ecuadorian government to interfere with the processes of either the UK or Swedish governments.”

If Mr Assange left the embassy he would be arrested, then put up before magistrates who may decide to confiscate the £240,000 surety provided by his backers.

But while he remains inside he is “beyond the reach” of the authorities.

It remained unclear if he wanted to move to Ecuador – which has a long-standing extradition treaty with the US – or remain in its London outpost.

Meanwhile Claes Borgström, the lawyer for the two women who have accused Mr Assange of rape and sexual assault in Stockholm in August 2010, said the latest twist in the case was a “tragedy” for the alleged victims.

“They are disappointed, but they are getting used to this by now.”

When David Hasselhoff’s ex, Pamela Bach, got arrested on DUI the Hoff rushed out and paid her bail of $100,000. That’s a lot of dough. But not as much as loanmoan Al Malnik forked out to get Michael Jackson back into the open air: $3 million.

A mere pittance, British billionaire banker Julius Meinl IV will tell you, compared to what he had to post after being arrested by the Austrian authorities in connection with the collapse of value of the investment fund managed by his Meinl Bank: a world record $133 million bail.

A new entry into Towson’s crowded bail bonds market has residents talking.

Double D Bail Bonds is set to open in several weeks at 11 E. Chesapeake Ave., but the office’s new sign, installed Saturday, has drawn some complaints from neighbors and area residents.

The logo depicts a busty woman in handcuffs and jail stripes with generous cleavage and the eponymous D’s on her chest.

Danny, a man at the location who declined to give his last name but said he was a friend assisting owner Denny Danielczyk, said the community ought not judge the store by its cover.

But the sign left Nancy Hafford, executive director of the Towson Chamber of Commerce, “disturbed.”

“I would hope that they would reconsider the sign that they have made up,” Hafford said, expressing concern that the sign now has a prominent position across from the Towson library.

“They have children’s book readings for nursery school kids across the street,” she said.

Hafford said she would like to meet with Danielczyk about the sign, adding that she has no problems with the office’s name.

The two D’s are from Danny’s and Danielczyk’s first names, Danny said. A LinkedIn profile identifies Danielczyk as owner of Towson-based Metropolis Funding. He owned the now-defunct Towson pizzeria Stolano’s, and his name is shown in liquor license proceedings as the owner of the nearby bar Lil’ Dicky’s. Efforts to reach Danielczyk through a number listed on his business card were unsuccessful.

Danny said Double D solicited the logo online and “that was one that we thought that was very marketable,” he said.

On Oct. 21, Baltimore County approved the sign that included the logo. According to zoning officials, the county can’t police sign content short of actual nudity or obscenity.

“I don’t know what government can do to regulate that type of image,” County Councilman David Marks said. “Hopefully the Towson Chamber of Commerce and other individuals might be able to persuade them to remove it.”

Julie Saxenmeyer, a Cockeysville resident who works in Towson, noticed the sign soon after it was erected over the weekend. She said she’s not easily offended but believes the sign is inappropriate for downtown Towson and that street, which is home to several other bail bondsmen near the Towson District Court.

“I think all their signs are pretty gawdy, but they don’t objectify women,” she said. “I just don’t think it’s the way to advance a business in this neighborhood.”

Danny denied that any sexism was intended with the logo, and said Double D plans to “revolutionize” the bail bond industry.

“We believe that 99 of 100 people that are bailed out of jail have some type of chemical dependency,” he said. “We believe the system does not deal with that. Instead they like to incarcerate and we just don’t believe in that philosophy. We believe in rehabilitation.”

Danny said his firm has partnerships with local mental health providers and lawyers. The Towson location would be the first, with four others planned in Essex, Baltimore City and Harford County.

He said passers-by have generally had no problem with his logo, with a few exceptions.

“I guess there are some feminists here,” he said. “I guess that’s why it’s called America. We all have to get along with different aspects of life and it’s not meant to be taken in an offensive way.”

In the face of a groundswell to remove what community members say is extravagant signage advertising bail bonds businesses in Towson, Councilman David Marks said Thursday, Jan. 17, that he was considering sponsoring legislation to ban the signage.

“I have had dozens of people talk about this with me,” Marks, who represents the 5th District including Towson, said. “It’s not just residents, it’s business owners and other leaders in government. This has kind of become the big story over the last two weeks.”

At a meeting of the Greater Towson Council of Community Associations Thursday night, Marks said that the legislation to limit bail bonds businesses to one sign no larger than 6 square feet with no illumination would be submitted at the council’s Tuesday, Jan. 22, meeting if the county and the owners of Bail Bonds Inc. cannot privately reach an agreement on reducing the business’ signage.

Bail Bonds Inc. is one of two businesses that have drawn the attention of Marks and his constituents.

Double D Bail Bonds, located at 11 E. Chesapeake Ave., opened over a year ago with signage that some thought represented its name a bit too literally. Its logo is a well-endowed female figure with a “D” written over each breast. Marks also said he was “not thrilled” with that business’ neon signs, which take up much of its window space.

But according to the councilman, the need for change became more urgent when another company, Bail Bonds Inc. installed a large orange sign near the corner of East Chesapeake and Virginia avenues.

John Turnbull, attorney for Bail Bonds Inc., said the business’ owner has a permit for the signs. Even though the sign is legal, Turnbull said he’s aware of the complaints and is in discussions with county attorneys “to negotiate something everyone can live with.”

“We’re trying to stop the issue without litigation,” Turnbull said. “At the end of the day, both parties have an incentive to work something out.”

Turnbull said that some of Statewide Bail Bonds Inc.’s competitors have been the most vocal about the sign. East Chesapeake Avenue also houses A-1 Bailbonds and Elite Bailbonds, in between other office storefronts and small eateries.

“While I understand bail bonds companies may want to set up shop near the District Court, the proliferation of these businesses is changing the complexion of Chesapeake and Virginia avenues, and not for the better,” Marks said in a statement announcing the potential bill. “It was bad enough when one business decided to plaster their windows in neon, but now another has erected a gaudy sign across from a senior citizen home and within a stone’s throw of Historic East Towson.”

Marks said the county executive’s office has been in discussions with attorneys representing the Virginia Avenue shop, but Marks is prepared to introduce legislation on Jan. 22 should those talks not produce results.

The newest sign at Bail Bonds Inc. was made possible by Marks’ decision during the Comprehensive Zoning Map Process last summer to up-zone the property on Virginia Avenue from a mix of residential and home office zoning to part of the downtown Towson core. The councilman said “there was a good reason for upzoning,” citing development on the other side of the property.

But since the zoning was changed, Bail Bonds Inc. moved from a storefront on Chesapeake Avenue to the Virginia Avenue location and erected the new sign.

“There’s sometimes unintended consequences with these things, and I’m trying to correct it,” Marks said.

At the Jan. 17 meeting, several neighborhood association leaders asked Marks if further steps could be taken to limit the number of bail bonds companies in Towson.

Marks said he considered outlawing bail bonds businesses in town center business districts; limiting how many can exist within a certain distance of a library; or creating a separate zoning class for bail bonds companies, one which would require that they obtain special exemptions.

The councilman said he believes those measures may face stiffer opposition from his fellow council members, while the sign bill has a greater chance of passing as a matter of councilmanic courtesy.

The signs are a problem, but the existence of bail bonds companies in the Towson core is the greater problem, at least one community member said.

“That whole area could be a very nice business area,” said Ed Kilcullen, a former GTCCA president and resident of nearby Towson Manor Village. “It’s being taken over by bail bondsmen. We just think it’s not good for business; it’s not good for residential in the area.”

Kilcullen said the signage is “particularly egregious with the bail bondsmen, but we think there could be a lot tighter controls on signage in general.”

From a Customer of 2nd 2 none

A Lesson in the Daytona bail bonds process about to unfold

A few years ago a friend of mine called and asked what I was doing for Spring Break. I told him and he said “I am coming down to Daytona for a few weeks for Spring Break, so be ready to party!!”. Being that Daytona was the city I was raised in, I was well acquainted with what exactly was going to happen when my friends actually did arrive from NYC. In case you’re not up to speed on Spring Break in Daytona, it is a mega event that is held on the Beach every year. It is where college kids  from all around the world come to showcase their partying talent, and where thousands of men and women come to showcase their enormous appetite for drinking alcohol, picking up each other, and dancing until the wee hours of the morning. So as to not disappoint, my friend and I did pretty much of the same thing every Dubstep listening punk kid does. Little did I know that this time things were going to go down a little bit differently this time around. I was going to have a first hand experience with a Daytona bail bondsman.

The first few days of drinking were business as usual. On the 4th day however, things went a little extra crazy. I had passed out early from the days festivities (when I say early, I mean 4:00am). I was shook awake at about 4:45am from a frantic phone call from my bro (let’s call him Drizzle). Drizzle began ranting and raving about how he had been arrested at a small bar that had apparently been raided by police. He said that when the lights came on during the raid, everyone dropped their ecstasy pills and other miscellaneous drugs on the floor, and because the police couldn’t identify what drugs belonged to which person, they arrested everybody. The funny part is, D didn’t use drugs, so when he told me about this I laughed for a minute and then asked “you’re kidding right? You don’t do drugs”. After a long silence from D  said “I know but that doesn’t matter because the police arrested everyone regardless.”

The fun part of the bail process 

So I’m scrambling to find where I left my jeans and trying to decide how we’re going to find a Daytona bail bondsman and get Drizzle bailed out of the Jail in Daytona. This was all surreal to me and I was not prepared on how best to proceed with his Volusia county bail bond. I was familiar enough with the Daytona arrest process (hey I went to college too) to know that we had to find a professional Daytona bail bondsman and bail him out of jail. As always, I did my trust Google search and typed in the search phrase “Daytona bail bondsman”. I found a Daytona bail bondsman and gave him a call. Much to my surprise, he was awake and ready to help, despite the late (or early) hour. He asked me where my friend was being held and what he was being charged with. I told him that he was being held at the Volusia county jail  and the charge was “possession of Cocaine”, which is a felony. The bail bondsman explained that the bail in this instance would be set at $5,000 and in order to get my friend released, we would have to pay the bail bondsman 10% of the bail cost, or $500. This fee would be non-refundable and this is basically what the bonds man charges for his time. The bondsman also told us that we would have to put down collateral to ensure that my friend Drizzle would show up for this court date. The collateral could be in the form of a Title to a an asset such as a property or vehicle. The collateral would be forfeited for the Daytona bail bonds in the event that my friend D decided to “skip town” and not show up for this court date. So we capitulated and paid the $500 to the Daytona bail bondsman, ponied up our collateral, and alas, my friend D was free on bail.

Have a warrant or think you have a warrant in Duval County? Call 2ND 2 NONE BAIL BONDS.

Duval County has a program that can dramatically speed up the process of answering for your warrant.

If you think there is a warrant out for your arrest, 2ND 2 NONE BAIL BONDS will request a warrant search to verify the status of the warrant. In order to request warrant information, you must come in person to our office with a valid government issued identification card or driver’s license.

Once we receive the information, we will know all of your warrant information including the bond amount. The next step is to make an appointment for you to surrender to the court (serve the warrant). Going this route will save both you and Duval County Corrections a lot of time.

Processing time is usually 2 hours, but may be longer. With the bail bond paperwork completed before you serve the warrant, you can be processed and released. No bail bond company can give you a definite time of release, but 2 hours is about the norm.

Call 2ND 2 NONE BAIL BONDS @ 904.240.0053
We post Bail Bonds on all charges, but here are a few of the most common ones:

* Spouse abuse and spousal abuse or spousal battery.
* Domestic violence.
* D.U.I. or DWI (Driving Under the Influence).
* Marijuana offenses.
* Misdemeanors.
* Larceny.
* Criminal threats.
* Burglary.
* Immigration.
* Narcotics & drug offenses.
* Robbery.
* Assault and battery.
* Felony (ies).

When a family member or friend has been arrested it can be a scary and trying time for everyone concerned. Making that call to a bail bondsmen can be unnerving and you may have many, many questions that you will need answered.

2ND 2 NONE BAIL BONDS is here to help. We have knowledgeable and friendly bail bondsmen who are more than happy to answer any concerns you may have about the process of getting your family member or friend released from jail, and how it will effect you.

Call our office today and get the answers you need and be assured that 2ND 2 NONE BAIL BONDS is the correct choice for your situation. We have an outstanding reputation for being 100% confidential, customer and arrestee friendly and we will go ABOVE AND BEYOND to make sure your loved one is released in a fast and inexpensive manner.

Our Experience – Full knowledge and expertise in the following bail bond areas:

  • State and County Bail Bonds
  • Federal Bail Bonds
  • Nationwide Bail Bonds
  • Immigration Bail Bonds

Available 24 hours a day 7 days a week, including weekends and holidays, our bail bondsmen will answer your call personally no matter what day or time, we aim to please and pride ourselves on being the best bail bonds agency that the State of Florida has to offer!

Please have the following information available when calling [if any of this information is not available to you, do not hesitate to call, we will be able to acquire the information for you]

  • Detainee’s Full Name [correct spelling is important]
  • Detainee’s Date & Year of birth
  • Location of arrest
  • Nature of arrest
  • Amount of Bail
  • Criminal History [if applies]
  • Payment Information

2ND 2 NONE BAIL BONDS accepts Major Credit Cards and Western Union or Moneygram for your convenience.
Also available at our Bail Bond Agency is a “Bail by Phone” option. Use this option if you are not in the local area of where your loved one is being detained. We have added this option to make the process of gaining the release of the detainee, easy and simple to achieve for you and them.

Just call one of our bondsmen and ask about our Bail by Phone program and they will be happy to explain and guide you through the process and get your loved one home without leaving home yourself!