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What to Know When Hiring a Bondsman

It is possible for a person to make a mistake and get arrested.

In most cases, they may need to work with an experienced bail bondsman in order to avoid spending time in jail. A bail bondsman will have established relationships with the judges, lawyers, and others involved with the judicial system. They’ll be able to help their client deal with the system. There are certain things a person should know before they hire a bail bondsman.

Bail Process

When a person is arrested, they are taken to a jail and booked into the system. This is the process of putting a person’s crime and information about them in the books of the judicial system. This can take as little as an hour or as long as several hours. Once this process is complete, the person arrested will be eligible to be bailed out based on the jail’s bail schedule. This is when a person will be able to make a phone call. If someone can not afford to pay the bail amount they can contact a bail bondsman to get out of jail.

Contacting Bail Bond Agent

Some individuals are able to locate a bail bond agent from people they know or other types of personal contacts. There are some who can locate one using the yellow pages or the internet. It is recommended a person speak with a bail bondman’s previous clients as well as read testimonials before deciding which one to hire.

Licensed
It is important to know if a bail bondsman is licensed. In the state of California, it is a legal requirement for all bail bondsmen to past a test and receives a license from the California Department of Insurance before they provide bail bonds. An honest agent will welcome the opportunity to provide their California bail license number for any prospective client.

Fee
Once a bail amount has been determined, a person can provide it by paying a fee to a bail bondsman. The bail bondsman will pay the bail amount for a percentage of the bail. In most cases, a bail bondsman will charge a fee of ten percent of the bail amount. This is paid directly to the bondsman. Should a person pay a bail bondsman, get out of jail and not appear for their scheduled court date, they will be deemed a bail jumper. The entire bail amount provided by the bail bondsman could be forfeited to the court. A bondman can legally use a private detective to arrest the bail jumper.

Paperwork
It’s important to never work with a bail bondsman unless they provide a written contract. This is an important written document that should contain all the important aspects of the agreement. It should include fees, payment terms, payment schedules, interest rate if applicable, as well as how much a defendant will owe if they don’t show up for their court date. It is important for a bail bondsman to know a person is able to pay them back. They may ask for financial records such as tax returns, copies of recent paychecks and more. A person will also need to sign an indemnity agreement. This is an agreement that makes certain a bail bondsman is not responsible for any debts that could result from the bail bond being provided to a defendant.

 

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