I must preface my remarks by saying that I know plenty of good attorneys that also write bonds - it's common practice for attorneys who handle a high volume of traffic tickets.
My question is whether there is an inherent conflict in both writing the bond and representing the citizen accused?
As a criminal defense attorney, my job is to keep my clients out of jail as long as possible. That means stretching out a case if necessary. However, the bondsman's interest is ensuring that client shows up in court for every scheduled appearance - and, the longer a case draws out, the more risk the client won't appear or will end up in more trouble.
If you're the attorney and the potential bondsman, do you argue for a personal bond?
What happens if a client doesn't appear? Do you ask the judge to give your client one more chance or do you cut your losses and surrender the bond?
And the true dilemma - if your client skips, do you do nothing or do you track him down and hand him over to the police?
Do y'all think there's an ethical dilemma at play?