Hi, thank you for your quick reply! He was charged with "obstruction or retaliation." I'm not positive of the outcome of the case, I think he was charged with a felony and released with two years probation. I can contact him about this if you'd like more details.
I don't know if the bond was placed in his name but I printed a copy from the court records online database of the bond records search detail. Underneath the bond # XXXXX surety amount, it lists Randy Garza with the A-1 Bonding address. Underneath that, is my brother's name and his information. So, I'm not sure if that is helpful at all.
Yes, the refund was exactly $2,000.
Thank you so much, I'm so frustrated with this whole thing! :(
Ah, that makes sense...but when we called after we received the check, they said that the $3,500 was their fee and they said that they had explained that to me when my credit card was charged (which they did not at all). For $3,500 I would've flown out and paid the court directly which I even initially debated while considering their $500 fee. Also, I forgot to mention this - After they charged my card, I received a receipt in the mail that said "amount paid $5,500" but at the bottom it also said "Collateral left $2,000" When I spoke with them asking about the remaining $3,000, they said because they sent this receipt to me after the fact means they only owe me $2,000. The whole thing is ridiculous and blatant fraud.
How do we find out if there were court fees/fines? I looked through the public records and at the bottom of his case details page, it says financial information...total amount due as of 10/03/2013 $311.50. $251 was assessed on 9/16/2011 and $60.50 was assessed on 9/4/2013.
Do you think this is worth pursuing as it's kind of a he said/she said case as there is no documentation to support either side? Even though, I think the facts of the situation are in my favor.
If I were to get an attorney in Texas, would they be able to represent me without me actually having to be present?
Thank you again
Ok, I hate to say it, but based on that information, I think your initial suspicions may be correct and they basically lied and jacked up their fee after your conversation with them knowing it would be a he said/they said type of situation and you are out of state. They would provide the receipt as evidence that you agreed to their false terms if this got to court and swear under oath that you agreed to it.....When you looked at the court records, that would accurately show what fines or fees were imposed for the case..
Honestly, I think this would likely be a "pyrrhic victory". What I mean is that while I think you have a strong case, it would likely cost more to pursue than you could recover if you won.
.For the initial filing, you wouldn't have to be present, but for any court appearances, yes..I hate it, but I think this is one of those cases where there is a "wrong without a reasonable remedy"..But if it were me, I would at least file a formal complaint with the TX Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division as well as with the Bail Bond Board in Corpus Christi as they regulate the licenses of bailbondsmen. They might be able to put pressure on them to refund at least some of your money over the 10% if they can't legally justify the charge..This is a link I found for the Board: Nueces County Bail Bond Board, Corpus Christihttp://www.co.nueces.tx.us/countyclerk/.Click on "Bail Bonds Information" and then the "Bylaws" link for their address and contact info....ThanksBarrister
Yeah, I was kind of afraid of it costing more than it would be worth. Obviously being screwed out of $3,000 is a big deal but it's really the principle of this whole thing that bothers me the most. I'm sure I'm not the first person this has happened to but I want to at least make a big enough fit about it where hopefully it will prevent the same thing from happening to others.
Thank you so much for all of the helpful information you have provided. I will definitely be contacting the attorney general and the bail bond board. You have been extremely helpful and I really appreciate it! :)
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