The Kern County Sheriff’s Office has a policy that forbids deputies from accompanying bail bondsman when serving arrest warrants.
That policy was obviously violated when two deputies and three bail bondsmen entered the home of a Bakersfield woman last week without a warrant and without her permission.
All to search for a man who was wanted on a misdemeanor warrant.
The incident, which was caught on video, is now raising all kinds of legal questions regarding Fourth Amendment rights and violations, according to a local news report.
Although the men said they had an arrest report for a Joseph Baker, they refused to show it to the home-owner, a woman named Star Hills who filmed the entire escapade and who was also threatened with arrest for no apparent reason.
But even if they did have an arrest warrant, they would need a search warrant to enter the home unless they had probable cause that Baker was inside the home, which he wasn’t, according to various attorneys interviewed by the news station.
It doesn’t appear they had probable cause because if they did, they would have already announced it to the public to save face.
The deputies and bails bondsmen also entered through the back door and window, according to Alan David, who lives in the home with Hills.
David, also known as Alan Gjurovich, posted the bail money for Baker, who is accused of three minor offenses including a misdemeanor charge for battery on a peace officer.
David used Aladdin Bail Bonds in Bakersfield to finance the bail bond. Eyewitness News called Aladdin Bail Bonds for comment but the company said they weren’t aware of the situation.
Here’s looking forward to the imminent lawsuits.