You never thought it would actually happen, and then it did. A loved one has been arrested, and you need to keep him out of prison. If bail is an option but you have no funds to post it, a bail bond company can be your best option. Not all of bondsmen are the same, however, so you have to do a little homework finding the one that’s right for your loved one.
Below are tips that can help you decide on a bail company:
Bail bonds working with defense lawyers earn a reputation for superior quality work. Call your defense lawyer and ask for recommendations. When the company learn that you have been referred by your attorney, you will get a discount (typically 8%) and you can save some cash.
After a judge decides on a bail amount, you can ask the court for a list of bail bondsmen they recommend. Just like bondsmen referred by lawyers, court-referred companies are also reputable choices.
Detention offers are also good sources of bail bondsman referrals, so don’t forget to be nice to them. With their direct involvement in the system, they know which companies are worth considering, and they may even be able to suggest lowering the bail amount. So yes, treat your detention officer or officers with respect as they can help your loved one while he’s inside.
If you use the services of a bail bondsman, you have to pay around 10%. Yes, you have to pay that cost, but it’s rather small in exchange for the stress of having to produce a big sum instantly. Once the bail is posted, your loved one can walk out of prison. Different bondsmen will have different fee structures, so do your homework and look for a deal that is most convenient to you.
Upon learning that a certain company has a cheap fee structure, you may assume that it is automatically the best for you. The problem is they may lack experience as opposed to the more reputable companies. Of course, since their experience is limited, they couldn’t possibly have an impressive reputation. They may be scamming people with false advertising. They could be violating the law.
Before you choose a bail bondsman, read reviews on it online. These are testimonials from former clients of the company, so they can provide a clear picture of it’s like according to their first-hand experience. Very importantly, these are people who used to be in the same situation as you or your detained loved one. Just be sure to stick to third-party consumer watchdog websites, rather than marketing sites where most, if not all, of the reviews are fake.