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Picking a Local Bail Bondsman

When you reach out for a service, it’s only natural to perform your due diligence and research in order to ensure you’re indeed working with a professional. This holds no less true when beginning the hunt for a bail bondsman. In fact, with so much more at stake, even more research is necessary to really guarantee you’ve found a bondsman you can rely on to preserve your freedom.

Of course, many don’t exactly have a deep well of knowledge and past experience to draw from when dealing with arrests and posting bail. So where is one to even begin when looking for a bail bondsman they can trust? What sort of qualities should one look for? Is the process really as simple as looking online for any other service like repairs or plumbing? Fortunately for those being berated by a relentless flood of questions such as these, we’re geared up and ready to go with a few tried and true steps you can follow sure to lead you down the path to finding a trustworthy bondsman.

Determine the Bail Amount

It should be no surprise that determining the bail amount is the first paramount step in narrowing down your search for the perfect bail bonds agent. Fortunately, you’ll learn your bail amount at the jail. As far as what you can expect, we actually mentioned in a previous post many of the factors that actually go into determining bail amounts! Knowing what to expect based on factors like the severity of your crime, your age, and past criminal history can give you more time to find a bondsman who can front the bill.

Know Your Bondsman’s Fee

Naturally, you wouldn’t go in on any service if you didn’t know how much you were expected to pay. The same goes for bail bonds. One of the first things you should consider before settling on a bail bondsman is the fee they plan on charging once everything is said and done. Laws that determine the fees an agent can charge vary from state to state so perform a few Google searches and be sure to call up and directly ask the bonds team you’ll consider working with.

Ask Around

Now that you know what you’re looking for and how much you’re expected to pay, referrals are going to be your front line defense against untrustworthy bondsmen. Fortunately, there are a wealth of people you can ask for their personal and professional recommendations. Starting with your friends and family, see if you can receive some advice from those who’ve experienced reaching out for bail bonds before.

Asking your lawyer and your detention officer is also a wonderful idea. These professionals have years and years of experience working closely with a number of local bail bond agents and have more of an understanding of which are worth their salt.

Conclusion

The last thing you want to do when it comes to your freedom and rights is jeopardize yourself by settling for the first agent you find online. Keep these tips in mind and work with a professional who can quell your concerns and secure your freedom.

13 Comments

  1. I’m glad that you mention how it’s important to know the bail amount and to get referrals from people you know, such as friends and family, in order to learn about their experience. Once you’ve found several potential bondsmen, it could help to call them. If you call them, it should give you the chance to ask questions and discuss your situation so you can determine which one is able to provide the best bail bonds service for your situation.

  2. It really helped when you said that it would be best to start with the people you trust and ask them for recommendations especially if they already have used such services. I will share this with a friend of mine who happens to be looking for a bondsman for her brother. It appears that her brother has been wrongly accused of being a part of a drug deal. She told me that it was just a coincidence that he was in the same building where the raid happened.

  3. I agree that you need to make sure you know what the bondsman’s fee is beforehand. That will help you know if they fit within your budget. I agree that an internet search can often help you figure this out. You can also call them directly and talk with them about the details of pricing, like you said.

  4. I never knew that in getting a bond for a bail would also need knowledge of the crime’s severity, the defendant’s age, and past criminal history. If I had a friend who needed to get out of jail before his or her hearing, I would help her find a bail bondsman after getting the details. Doing so would not only help him or her follow her case, but be able to prepare for the trials to follow as well.

  5. Thanks for the advice to find referrals from a lawyer and detention officer to find a professional bail bondsman. This tip will be very helpful since my son just got arrested on DUI charges. I will use your tips to find one in order to get my son out of jail and back to school as soon as possible.

  6. My favorite part of this article is when you say to get recommendations from friends and family in the local area because they will provide honest reviews about the quality of the bail bond service they worked with. Also, it would be great to research a few of your top choices for bondsmen to find out how much they charge because this way you can compare prices and choose a service that fits in your budget. If I have a family member who ends up in jail in the future, I will make sure to remember these tips so that they can post bail and stay at home with their family while they wait for the trial.

  7. I really appreciate your tip on how a good company won’t keep anything from you when you are asking about them. My brother told me that he is worried he won’t be able to pay the bail for his son who is currently being detained for a small misdemeanor. I will be sure to tell my brother that if he chooses to get bail bonds, he should find a company that is transparent!

  8. My sister was just arrested and is being held for bail. I want to get her out but don’t have the money to do it. I’ll have to look into finding a bail bondsmen to help us. Thank you for suggesting that I need to make sure and understand how much I’m expected to pay. I’ll have to keep this in mind as I search for the best bail bondsmen in my area.

  9. You mentioned that we should determine the bail amount. It makes sense that we should know this information! I’ll remember to ask this if I ever go to jail and need a bail bondsman.

  10. Once I am able to determine the bail amount so I can free my brother from jail, I’ll look for a bail bonds service to help me pay for the fee. I’ll make sure to keep in mind the fee of the bondsman so that I know who I can afford. Asking around for a reliable bondsman will be helpful so I can find someone to free him as soon as possible.

  11. I’ll be sure to ask around to find a reliable bail bonds company to help my sister out who has been arrested. Once I am able to know the bondsman’s fee, I’ll decide if I will hire them or not. Determining the bail amount is easy but I’ll ask the companies I’ll find if they’re willing to help her or not.

  12. When you said that I have to determine the bail amount to help release my sister from jail, I thought of gathering information to do so. I’ll be sure to know the bondsman’s fee before I hire them so that I know how much I need to pay them. I believe asking around is a good solution to finding a good bondsman so I might do that if I have the time.

  13. When I finally determine the amount of bail I need to set my husband free, I’ll look for a bonding agency. I think it’s best to know the bondsman’s fee so I know how much I need to pay them. Thanks for stating that I have to ask around before I hire anyone so I can get the best bondsman I can afford.

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