The bail bond industry has a shady reputation. We all know it. Unfortunately, that shady reputation is usually the first thing that leaps to people’s mind when they are considering how to get someone out of jail. Bail bonds really are a convenient, fast, and affordable way to get people released. But, it can be difficult to get past the mindset that bail agents are less-than-honest people. Today, we’ll take a look at why the mindset needs to change, and the steps you can take to avoid being taken in by a scam artist bail bondsman.
Bail Bondsmen Help People in Need
Stop and think about it: Bail agents help people in need. In fact, they help people the rest of society shuns. Whenever people see in the news that someone has been arrested, they usually assume they are guilty and deserve whatever they are getting. It can be tough to find people willing to help. But, bail agents have a different goal: Their job is to help people who have been arrested. Their job is to help them get out of jail so they can regroup and fight the charges against them. While there are scam artists in the bail industry (just like very other industry), many bail agents are kind, helpful people.
Step One: The Search
The first step toward finding an honest bail agent is to find bail agents in your area. Ask friends, family members, and co-workers if they have a bail agency they recommend. Another good place to check is to perform an online search for bail agents working in the county with the specific court and jail where your friend is located.
Step Two: Narrow the Field
Next, you’ll need to spend some time narrowing your choices. Take your list, and check to see if licensing is required in your state. Remove any bail agents who are not licensed. Next, check online reviews to see if anyone has had a bad experience or been scammed by a bail agent. Online sites to check are Yelp, Google+, and the Better Business Bureau.
Step Three: Give Them a Call
The final step is to give each bail agent a call. There are a few things you should look for during this call:
- The bail agent should be willing to answer your questions. You don’t want to work with someone who is rushing you into a decision.
- The bail agent should be available 24/7. Arrests happen at inconvenient hours, and an experienced bail agent will know this.
- The bail agent should be quick to provide licensing and insurance information (if necessary in your state).