How to Find a Good Bail Bondsman
A bail bondsman is not someone you’d hope to find on a regular basis. But if you ever want
to find one it will be through the internet or through word-of-mouth. A service like bail
bonding is not easily available unless you know where to look for it and, more importantly,
what to look for.
Bail bonds are quite simple. When convicted, the accused is asked to procure a certain
amount to give as bail. If the person does not have the full amount or cannot give it, he/she
can go to a commercial bail bond agent to get a bail bond. The amount of bail varies
depending upon the crime and conviction. A bail bond, thus, is a type of insurance product.
It operates like any other insurance policy.
A bail agent and a fugitive recovery hunter (or bounty hunter) are two different jobs. A bail
bond agent is a licensed insurance agent that is strictly regulated by the Department of
Insurance. Bail agents answer questions, educate, comfort and console family members of
an accused as they deal with something that they have never handled before, while also
providing financial assistance. The bail bond agent cannot let a criminal out of jail, that is in
the hands of a judge. But the agent can help secure bail coverage that might help acquire
parole or temporary relief for the accused and his/her family.
How does one find a good bail bondsman:
1. Get in touch with a reputable bail bond agency with excellent reviews for services.
The company’s reputation can be checked through the local Better Business Bureau
where they are rated between A+ and F.
2. When you get in touch with a company it is always a good idea to ask the bondsman
to take you through the entire procedure of securing a bail insurance and the follow-
up processes. This will give you a fair idea of both the procedure and the bondsman’s
3. Provide the bail bond agency with details, but not before conducting a thorough
check on their work. The information you provide is sensitive in nature and can be
used against you in the court of law, so it is safer to first acquire details from the
agency and then provide them your own details.
4. Discuss their bail payment plans. You might not be in the position to even pay a
down payment, and many bail bonds agents make room for that kind of payment. A
bail bondsman’s main goal is to provide his/her clients with a solution that is
comfortable and suited to their needs and situation.
5. Look for a legal contract as you are co-signing the bail bond. This means that in case
the accused is unable to pay the amount back to the agency, you will be held
responsible. So make sure you acquire an agent who can explain the process and
draw up appropriate legal documents to further the procedure.
The bail bond process can be overwhelming, especially because most people are unaware of
it, so it is very important to find an agent who can guide you properly through the process
and support you and the family aptly in a time of distress.