If you are in need of a bail bondsman, choosing the right one can mean a lot to you, your family and friends in this difficult time.
The question is, how do you choose a good bail bondsman? Below are considerations to make as you decide:
Knowledge and Experience in he Industry
First off, find a bail bondsman that has significant know-how and experience in the industry. That means you should get satisfying answers to any questions you have, and they should be able to guide you all the way through the process. You may think a bail bondsman’s job is easy, but it actually requires experience for them to get you out of jail fast and save you precious time.
License and BBB Support
As soon as you (or any family member or friend) can talk to a prospective bail bondsman, it’s crucial to ask for any documentation that thoroughly explains their terms. Without documentation, it may be safe to assume that they lack experience or are new in the industry. Certainly, a good bondsman will have the support of the Better Business Bureau (BBB), on top of a state-issued license.
Money should not be the deciding factor when you select a bail bondsman; however, it’s important to find someone with terms that you can actually work with. You may, for instance, have to hand to them your car’s title, which will serve as collateral.
Around this part, consider the bail bondsman’s sense of compassion. Sometimes, a bondsman will be compassionate enough to bend their terms to accommodate you. They may even offer financing or credit card payments as options.
This one is probably obvious, but a bail bondsman indeed must be immediately available when you need them to post the bond and get you out as quickly as possible. They also have to be available once you’ve been released for reporting various court dates.
Most importantly, you need to be satisfied with whichever bondsman you decide to go with. Otherwise, don’t stop calling other prospects until you’re sure you’ve found the best. It’s good to ask for referrals from friends and family members, but note that police officers will not be allowed to make recommendations.
Lastly, make sure you hire a bondsman with full confidence that they are on your side. You should have zero doubts, or just keep looking for prospects. They have to be experienced and licensed, willing to listen, and always available whenever their help is needed. Again, bondsmen can differ in so many ways, so you have to take time doing some research before actually making a choice.