You always thought it wouldn’t happen – until it did. A loved one has been arrested, and you need to keep him out of prison. If the judge recommended bail but you have no money post it, you can approach a bail bond company. 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.
Here are tips to help you select a reputable bail company:
Bail bonds working with defense lawyers earn a reputation for superior quality work. Ask your defense attorney to provide a referral. If you tell the company that you have been referred by your lawyer, they will give you a discount (usually 8%), which means you will be able to save some money.
When a judge decides on a bail amount, the court will usually provide a list of bail bondsmen you can approach. Just like bondsmen referred by lawyers, court-referred companies are also reputable choices.
Detention officers can also provide some good bail bondsman referrals, so try to get friendly with them. Because they work in the system, they know which companies are good to consider, and they can actually even suggest a lower 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, there will be a cost, but it will be too small in exchange for your peace of mind, now that you don’t have to produce a big amount of money on the spot. Upon posting bail, your loved one will be able to leave prison. Bondsmen have different fee structures, so research a little to know which one is most convenient for you.
When you learn about companies with cheap fee structures, you may immediately think they are the best for you. The problem is they may not be as experienced as the more reputable companies are. Of course, with their limited experience, they cannot build an impressive reputation. They may be using false advertising to scam people. They could be law violators themselves.
Before you pick a particular bail bondsman, check out online reviews on it. 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 were once in your shoes. Just make sure you stick to independent consumer websites, not marketing sites where most reviews are manufactured.