State Statute 907.041 says:
(3) RELEASE ON NON-MONETARY CONDITIONS.—
(a) It is the intent of the Legislature to create a presumption in favor of release on non-monetary conditions for any person who is granted pretrial release unless such person is charged with a dangerous crime as defined in subsection (4). Such person shall be released on monetary conditions if it is determined that such monetary conditions are necessary to assure the presence of the person at trial or at other proceedings, to protect the community from risk of physical harm to persons, to assure the presence of the accused at trial, or to assure the integrity of the judicial process.
(b) No person shall be released on non monetary conditions under the supervision of a pretrial release service, unless the service certifies to the court that it has investigated or otherwise verified:
1. The circumstances of the accused’s family, employment, financial resources, character, mental condition, and length of residence in the community;
2. The accused’s record of convictions, of appearances at court proceedings, of flight to avoid prosecution, or of failure to appear at court proceedings; and
3. Other facts necessary to assist the court in its determination of the indigency of the accused and whether she or he should be released under the supervision of the service.
(4) PRETRIAL DETENTION.—
(a) As used in this subsection, “dangerous crime” means any of the following:
2. Aggravated assault;
3. Aggravated battery;
4. Illegal use of explosives;
5. Child abuse or aggravated child abuse;
6. Abuse of an elderly person or disabled adult, or aggravated abuse of an elderly person or disabled adult;
7. Aircraft piracy;
11. Sexual battery;
14. Lewd, lascivious, or indecent assault or act upon or in presence of a child under the age of 16 years;
15. Sexual activity with a child, who is 12 years of age or older but less than 18 years of age, by or at solicitation of person in familial or custodial authority;
16. Burglary of a dwelling;
17. Stalking and aggravated stalking;
18. Act of domestic violence as defined in s. 741.28;
19. Home invasion robbery;
20. Act of terrorism as defined in s. 775.30;
21. Manufacturing any substances in violation of chapter 893; and
22. Attempting or conspiring to commit any such crime.
Why is this statute, FS 907.041, important. Simply because it is not followed by the Sheriff’s Department in relationship to myself and Willie Charles “CJ” Jefferson, Councilman Willie Jefferson’s and also a Deputy Sheriff.
Let’s look at the Law for a minute, Okay? One can be let out of jail on a non-monetary release if they didn’t commit a “Dangerous Crime”. Above are the crimes that do not allow for a non-monetary release, a Yellow Bond according to Hamilton County Sheriff’s office.
Notice items 16 and 19 in BOLD. These are two of the exact Crimes that Willie “CJ” Jefferson is accused of committing yet he got a Yellow Bond, that is his daddy “Walked him out of the Jail” with no bond. Or his daddy interceded with Judge Scaff to eliminate bail. Either way the law was broken. Four crimes in two months and the only one he got bail for was an alleged theft from Wal-Mart in Live Oak. Could it be his Daddy has no pull in Suwannee County? That’s my guess.
Now Judge Scaff, an honorable man, could only have released Jefferson Jr. if he felt that there was no risk to the community. But the State Statute clearly says that Home Invasion Robbery and Burglary of a Dwelling are crimes that an alleged criminal can’t be let out for with a non-monetary release, a Yellow bond. Someone, Willie Senior perhaps, didn’t tell Judge Scaff the whole story, the four arrests and what they were for.
I believe it is a clear violation of Florida Statute 112.313 (6), using your public office to gain a special treatment for yourself or others.
Now let’s look at my case. I was arrested for “Publishing a Forged Instrument.” Nowhere in the list of crimes not available for a Yellow Bond does it say that such an alleged crime does it mention Fraud or Publishing a Forged Instrument. In other words I should have gotten out on a Yellow Bond. I fit all of the criteria. Long time resident in Hamilton County, non-violent alleged crime, no prior record of any of the crimes in the list.
But did I get out on a Yellow Bond? No I DID NOT. It cost me $10,000.00 in money ($1,000.00 cash) to get out of jail.
One other thing.
So let’s recap the story shall we? Jefferson Junior gets arrested four times within a 2 month period of crimes on the list which don’t allow a non-monetary release. A total bond of in excess of $80,000.00 ($8,000 in cash) if you could find a bail bond company willing to take the risk of writing such a fool-hardly bond. Yet he walks free on his Daddy’s word and his Daddy’s employer’s “Investigation” of the facts, as is required by the Statute.
Again the quote out of the Statute:
No person shall be released on nonmonetary conditions under the supervision of a pretrial release service, unless the service certifies to the court that it has investigated or otherwise verified:
If there was an Investigation then there has to be some paperwork. But it is apparently not in existence for either myself or Jefferson Jr. Again Hamilton County selectively enforces the laws on not so special folks and doesn’t enforce the law on selected special folks.
If Jefferson Jr. got released on a Yellow Bond, especially since he was charged with “a Dangerous Crime” then I should have also been released on a Yellow bond because my alleged crime is not on the list of Dangerous Crimes.
It is more proof of the Corruption that is Hamilton County and especially White Springs. The county owes me $1,000.00 in bond money and I will do everything I can do legally to get it. I shouldn’t have had to put up any bail under a Yellow Bond especially when the son of a Deputy Sheriff gets a Yellow Bond for a series, not one nor two but four Dangerous Crimes within two months.