Life can be full of ups and downs and be totally unpredictable at times. Often times, we can find ourselves in situations that we didn’t think for a million years we would be in. One of those places is the county jail. For many reasons, someone who is usually an upstanding and law-abiding citizen can end up behind bars. In fact, that is what happened to my brother who is a standup individual for the most part and is actually an ex-marine who has a government job.
My brother was driving home from work one evening when he went through a roadblock. When the officer checked his license, it came back that my brother had a warrant for his arrest for failure to pay a speeding ticket. He adamantly pleaded with the officer telling him that he did in fact pay the ticket. However, the officer had a job to do and he was obligated to arrest my brother. Luckily, the officer did let my brother call his wife so that his car wouldn’t be towed and impounded. She then went home and searched for some bail bond services charlotte nc to find a bail bondsman who could have my brother released quickly.
As it turns out, my brother did in fact pay the ticket and thank goodness his wife still had the actual ticket and receipt of payment as proof. However, even with this evidence, since he had already been processed in, my brother had to wait to go in front of the judge for a bail hearing. Unfortunately for him, he got arrested on a Friday evening and wouldn’t be able to see the judge until Monday morning.
Of course, once my brother was able to get in front of the judge and his wife was able to show proof of the paid ticket he was immediately released. However, that just goes to show you how anyone at any time can be subject to a terrible situation even if they are a good person. Even though my brother was arrested wrongfully due to a computer error, there was no compensation for the error, not even an apology really. But that is just proof that sometimes life can suck and bad things really can happen to good people.
At least his wife still had proof of the paid ticket so they didn’t have to spend money to have him released. However, what if she didn’t have that proof? And also, what if they didn’t have money to pay for another ticket any time soon? That would mean that he’d have to sit until the court or whenever they got the money together to pay a bondsman.
Even though my brother was still arrested, this situation taught me to always hold onto my paperwork. I’m not saying I’ll hold onto receipts from 20 years ago, however, I would like to keep them for a good while just to be on the safe side. At least until I’ve had enough traffic stops to know that they’ve cleared.