Texas bail bond business to spring pot offenders for free
It’s the Get Out of Jail Free card, but in real life.
Empire Bail Bonds has pledged to get you out of jail for free during the year of 2014, but there’s some criteria that must be met first.
The El Paso based company requires you to have a co-signer, be a resident of El Paso County, and the charge must originate in the county. Also, the charge must be for misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
In Texas, a misdemeanor charge is possessing less than four ounces. Specifically, a Class B charge is less than two ounces, and a Class A charge is between two and four ounces.
This can only happen though if Empire Bail Bonds’ Facebook page reaches 10,000 likes by March 1. Their page currently stands at 1,019 likes at the time of writing this piece.
Colt DeMorris, who is the executive director of El Paso NORML, stated “nothing like this has ever been done and it is completely unprecedented. Together we can create change. It’s campaigns like this that can bring attention to our cause. It’s time our criminal justice system focuses on more pertinent topics such as violent crimes, than petty agendas against marijuana users.”
David Acosta, who own Empire Bail Bonds, says that he got the idea after recently seeing the surge in efforts to legalize marijuana and the formation of the advocacy group in El Paso. He stated “being in the bail bond business as long as I have, I’ve seen countless (and essentially pointless) arrests made over personal usage of marijuana. All while more effort and focus could be directed at true violent crimes. Change is needed on such an outdated and mundane law. It’s time the State of Texas brings reform to our cities.”
You can find Empire Bail Bond’s Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/empirebailbond
By: Stephen Carter
Contact Stephen via email at TXCann@gmail.com