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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.

After the Bond: Finding a Criminal Defense Attorney

If you’ve read any of our previous posts, you’ll know that posting bail and sorting out your bond with a jail bondsman should be the first steps you take after being charged with a crime. While this may be true, the real hurdles towards your freedom begin after you take this crucial step. How your case unfolds after posting will have an exponential impact on you to say the very least. Suffice to say, finding a criminal defense attorney you can call on to deliver reliable representation is essential.

But what goes into finding that ideal legal veteran? That’s exactly what we plan to break down today! Read on for a brief checklist of things to consider when leaving the protection of your rights to a trained professional.

Specialization

Of course, finding an attorney for your case isn’t as simple as googling up firms and clicking the first link that pops up. Law is an expansive field with a number of different disciplines and specializations and it takes special attention to find a lawyer whose expertise falls in line with what you need.

Begin your search by narrowing your scope down to specialists in criminal law. While this may seem like common sense to most, it’s important to note that these criminal law specialists can also vary in their level of expertise in different areas of practice. Whether your case deals with assault, a DUI charge, theft, or any other variety of criminal activity, find a firm that has ample experience in that particular field and understands how to traverse those kinds of cases.

Testimonials

With ample access to online resources, you can conduct a fair amount of research on any firm or attorney you plan on working with. Make use of every review and testimonial offered by clients who were in similar situations to yourself and see how your proposed firm was able to handle their cases. Alternatively, you can also reach out to friends and family for references and recommendations as well. The more second opinions you can gather, the more prepared of a legal team you can create and the less stress you’ll have going into your case.

Take Advantage of that Free Consultation

For the most part, lawyers understand that their clients need to feel comfortable with a given professional before seeking out their services. In an effort to help convince their prospective clients that they are the ones for the case, most attorneys will offer a free consultation you can use to get to know the firm better. Take that chance to ask all of the questions you may have including those pertaining to cost, case plans, and experience. Be careful to avoid lawyers who will simply tell you what you want to hear to earn your business. Most lawyers won’t immediately guarantee a particular result to your case, not because they aren’t confident in their abilities, but because they are experienced enough to know just about anything can happen in a criminal case.

Conclusion

There’s more at stake than just your time and money when it comes to criminal hearings, so don’t skimp on the research when it comes to finding your representation. Be sure to use all of the resources at your disposal to ensure that bail you posted wasn’t for naught!

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