No one ever expects a call from a friend or family member to receive the “I’ve been charged, can you please help me get out of jail.” Most people go their whole lives without having to help somebody bail out. In many cases the only exposure they had to our industry is based on what they saw on TV. That can be frightening.Do you want to learn more? Visit Connecticut Bail Bonds Group
The only thing they can focus on at this point is getting your loved one out of jail quickly. They may begin their search for a bondman by grabbing the local Yellow Pages or hopping on the Internet. This may quickly become daunting as bail bond companies are a dime a dozen. How do you know which one to pick?
References are always a good starting-point. Do you know someone who has previously worked with a bondman, or do you know a criminal defense attorney who can advise? If in the past someone has had a good experience with a particular company you might consider making a call to them.
If you can’t get a referral, then you might want to do some research on a company before you hire them. Have they been in business for how long? Do they have Better Business Bureau accreditation? Will they offer service on 24-7 bail bonds? What payment methods will they accept? Have they got a website and if so, does it provide testimonials to clients? Testimonials from customers are a great indicator of shedding some light on the type of service the company provides.
You may also want to inquire whether they need you to come into their cop, or if they can assist you via fax and email with bail bonds.
If you bail out a criminal you take responsibility first and foremost, the defendant will go to trial to deal with their case. The bondsman with whom you work will need you to sign a contract recognizing that responsibility. You will also be asked to provide some clear contact information for you and the defendant, and sign off on the bail payment method agreed upon.
Some companies require that you personally complete the paperwork. Others allow their customers to fill out paperwork by fax or e-mail. This can be particularly convenient if you are stuck at work, unable to travel to their office immediately or if you call out of state. If you get the call for help in the middle of the night it can be even more convenient.
Bailing someone out of prison is considerably less complicated than many people think. Choosing the right bondman presents the biggest challenge. All bail agents in California are required by law to charge the same rate but that’s not to say they all offer the same level of customer service. Do you get the impression that you trust the person you’re talking to? Looks like they really care about your situation, or does it seem like they are trying to “wheel and deal” with you?
Finding someone you care about has been arrested can make your world feel as though it’s turned upside down. Finding a reputable bail bondman you can trust can make a difference when it comes to navigating an unfamiliar situation and making sure the defendant can get out of prison quickly.