You thought it would never happen until you realize it just did. A loved one is in jail after being arrested, and you want to find a way to get him out. If the offense committed is bailable but you have no idea where to get the funds, 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 choose a reputable bail company:
Bail bondsmen that work with defense attorneys get a reputation for excellent 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.
Once a judge has decided on a bail amount, the court will typically give you a list of bail bondsmen that you can choose from. These companies, just like lawyer-referred ones, are also highly reputable and are constantly working with the court.
Another source of high-quality bail bondsman referrals are detention officers, so remember to be nice to them. As they are part of the whole system, they know which companies will be able to help you the most, and they can even suggest a lower bail amount. So yes, treat your detention officer or officers nicely as they can be a friend to your loved one inside.
If you use the services of a bail bondsman, you have to pay around 10%. Yes, that’s a cost you have to pay, but it’s quite small compared to the relief of not having to produce a huge sum on the spot. Once the bail is posted, your loved one can walk out of prison. Bondsmen have different fee structures, so research a little to know which one is most convenient for 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 have the experience that more reputable companies do. 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 law violators themselves.
Before you choose a bail bondsman, read reviews on it online. These are testimonials of people who have actually worked with the company before, so they can give you an accurate picture of what it’s like based on their own 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.