The mere thought that someone you care for has lost their freedom, even for a short period of time can be extremely overwhelming, but there are times when even the most law-abiding folks find themselves on the wrong side of a set of handcuffs.
Sometimes this is due to a lack of judgment or in other cases, the defendant just so happens to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. Regardless as to the reason your loved one needs a bondsman, the first order of business is always to make sure this person gets out of jail fast.
If you are like most people you’ve never found yourself in a place where you’ve been asked to help get someone out of jail. It’s natural to be a little nervous and even confused about the process. You may even be surprised to learn that more times than not, police and jailers aren’t even sure how Bail Bonds work.
All you know is that you need to hire someone ASAP and you have no idea how to go about choosing the best company possible to help navigate you through this trying time.
The first thing you should keep in mind is that although all bail bonds agencies are required to charge the same, state-set fee, that’s not to say that every bondsman is like the next.
Some offer payment plans while others require you pay their full fee up front, in full. Will you need to post collateral and if so does the agent want the title to your car or a deed of trust on a house?
Can they help you 24-7 or do they only provide bail bonds services during standard business hours? This is an important question to ask especially if the defendant was arrested late at night, on a holiday or over a weekend.
Do they have a local agent or will someone need to drive in from far away? Local agents are most familiar with the ins and outs of the area jails and they’ll know if there are any special hoops the jailers want bondsmen to jump through in order to get their paperwork processed.
Lastly, can the agent you’re speaking with help you with bail bonds by phone or will you need to drop everything and go to their office? In high-stress times like this you’ll want to work with an agent who you not only feel you can trust, but you also feel is best suited to help based on your individual circumstances.