A classic song from the late great Merle Haggard, 1973’s If We Make It Through December, means even more this year. At one point, this song’s protagonist calls December “the coldest time of winter,” and he is not talking about the weather. He is talking about the loneliness and isolation he felt at that time, and this can also apply to the loneliness and isolation so many of us feel in 2020.
Yet this song is also about optimism and hope in the midst of despair. With a COVID-19 vaccine coming soon and some of the uncertainty about the November election settled, there is also reason for optimism and hope this year.
Merle and Johnny Cash were two of the leading figures in the “outlaw country” sound that was so popular in the 1960s and 70s. These men share another connection. When Johnny played a show at San Quentin in 1958, Merle was an inmate there. He was doing fifteen years for robbery, and although he was only in his 20s, he had already been behind bars several times.
At Fizer Bonding Company, we cannot erase bad choices. In fact, we do not want to do that, because those choices are part of what makes all of us we are today. We all live and learn! But much like Merle turned his life around, we can help you turn things around as well. So, whatever you are going through this Christmas, we are here to help. Our fast and professional bonding services will get you back home and to your family. Hopefully, these holiday tips will be helpful for you or a loved one.
Ever hear that old saying, “have an attitude of gratitude”? No one is thankful for the 2020 lockdowns or ongoing quarantines. But there are some positive things we can glean from these events.
These slowdowns gave us more time to spend with family. After the first several weeks of lockdown or the first several days of quarantine, we had to get creative and find ways to pass the time. These are memories we will probably cherish later in life when many of the horrors of 2020 have been forgotten.
There is a dark side as well. Montgomery County bail bonds companies like Fizer Bonding Company have intervened when the stress and anxiety over COVID-19 pushed families to the breaking point. More on that below.
Above all, 2020 has taught us how fragile life is. Good jobs, good health, and good lives are here today and can be gone tomorrow. So, enjoy these things when they are available, and take steps to preserve them against all enemies, both seen and unseen.
Avoid Drug Possession Tripwires
For everyone, the holidays are usually a time to celebrate. Some people go a little too far during their celebrations, especially if they need to blow off some family-related steam. As a result, just as things are beginning to get back to normal, there is another obstacle to overcome.
A few months before the aforementioned song was in local record stores, one of the most surreal moments of the popular “War on Drugs” occurred in the White House, when Elvis Presley met Richard Nixon a few days before Christmas in 1970. The King told the President that he was qualified to be an undercover federal marshall, because “I have done an in-depth study of drug abuse and Communist brainwashing techniques.” While we aren’t exactly sure how these two things are related, it sounded good and made sense at the time.
Although it has been pushed to the back of the headlines, this war is still ongoing. Drug possession, which accounts for more than 80 percent of all drug arrests, is the new front line. So, Fizer Bonding Company (bail bond near me) handles lots of drug possession jail releases. That’s especially true now that the lockdowns are largely over and police officers are more aggressive than they were in the spring and summer.
Dragnet arrests are common in this area of law enforcement. Many people gather with friends during the holidays. Police, often in response to a nosy neighbor’s disturbance call, raid a party or stop a car, find a minute quantity of drugs, and arrest everyone at the party or in the car. Since drug possession is a nonviolent offense, a bail bond is usually immediately available in these situations, even if the defendant is charged with a felony. Furthermore, when these cases go to trial, the charges do not always hold up in court.
In the everyday world, “possession” is synonymous with “proximity.” I possess my living room TV, even if I am in the bedroom. But in Robertson County, possession means the following three things:
- Knowledge, and
Let’s return to the car example. Assume officers find a marijuana stash in the glove compartment. If Pete was in the back seat, it is very difficult to connect him to those drugs, especially if he did not know the other people very well (lack of knowledge) and someone else was in the passenger seat (lack of control).
Additionally, officers usually do not have search warrants when they seize drugs or other contraband. Therefore, a narrow exception, such as owner consent, must apply. The state has the burden of proof, and the burden of persuasion, on this point.
Take Advantage of the New Normal
In many ways, COVID-19 has not really changed things. It has just accelerated changes in many areas that were already in the making.
Contactless payments are a good example. Society will probably never be completely cashless. But if virus fears persist, some businesses might begin adding a cash handling fee to cash transactions, in order to discourage their use.
Waiting in line is an even better example. In years past, a Clarksville, TN bail bond could mean hours of standing in line at a local jail. Those days are largely over, as the 2020 Covid-19 online infrastructure largely takes over. So, enjoy the extra time you have with the people close to you. Just stay away from wild parties, wild friends, and wild outings.
If you need some extra help getting through this holiday season, whether that involves jail release or other FREE bail bond consultation assistance, reach out to Fizer Bonding Company. Our professional bonding agents are available 24/7 every day of the year to get your tail outta jail and we practice Covid-19 friendly procedures.
Fizer’s family-owned bonding service has filled the bonding needs of Montgomery and Robertson Counties for over 40 years. Fizer Bonding Company is a proud member of the Tennessee Association of Professional Bail Agents. For more info about Fizer Bonding Company bail bonds, click here.
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