The US justice system is stacked against people without funds. If a family member finds themselves in jail, they may be faced with a bail that will keep them behind bars while a wealthy person arrested on the same charge gets to sleep in his own bed until the trial. Thankfully, a bail bondsman can help even the odds. For about 10% of the bail amount, a bail bondsman will get your loved one released until trial. Read on for a couple of tips on finding a good bondsman.
Look for Reviews
Ask friends who may have had to use a bail bondsman, ask your lawyer and also look for online reviews. Check Yelp and try to narrow your search to a couple of local businesses with good reviews. Next is to check in with the Better Business Burea. In this case, it is best to call the BBB. For example, if you’re looking for Washington County bail bonds, get the names of three bondsmen from your Yelp reviews and call your local BBB for details. Ask about any pending actions or complaints and get their ratings.
Know going in that you will not get your money back from a bail bondsman regardless of the outcome of your case. Ask your bail bondsman about this. An honest business will be clear that their business is based on providing a bond for your bail regardless of the outcome. Make sure they are able to explain the whole process to you in clear terms. Finally, any bond agency that is willing to work for significantly less than the standard 10% should be viewed with skepticism. Don’t let your emergency be a shady business’ ticket to your bank account.
Navigating attorneys, bail and bonds can be scary but treat it like hiring someone to do work on your house. Be choosy, don’t cut corners and you’ll find a bondsman to make the whole situation easier to handle.