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 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 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.
Using the services of a bail bondsman entails a charge of about 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. Not all bail bondsmen have the same fee structures, so do your research and find the one 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 not be as experienced as the more reputable companies are. Of course, since their experience is limited, they couldn’t possibly have an impressive reputation. They may be counting on false advertising. They could be violating the law.
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 used to be in the same situation as you or your detained loved one. Just be sure to stick to third-party consumer websites, instead of marketing sites where you will mostly find fabricated reviews.