How To Hire A Reputable Bail Bondsman

As long as you know what questions to ask the bail bonds company you’ll quickly be able to sort the good, the bad and the ugly.

Every bail agent in California is required to hold a valid bail license. You should be sure to ask the person you’re speaking with if theirs is up to date. If you have found this particular company through a print or web advertisement their license number should be prominently displayed. You can search this number on the California Department of Insurance website to see whether it is current.

1. Experience

Do they have a website? If so, how much information does it include? Is there a section for client testimonials? Client testimonials can be a valuable resource because they will give you insight as to the experiences of people who have previously used their services.

2. Convenience

Is the company able to work with you in a way you’re most comfortable? Some companies require you meet with them in person, at their office. Others will dispatch an agent to meet with you at your home, your office or even the jail. Some even allow their clients to fill out the necessary paperwork via fax and email. This can be an especially attractive option should you receive a call for help in the middle of the night.

3. Flexible Payment Options

If you need a bail bonds payment plan you will want to inquire about the company’s financing terms. Do they charge additional interest or fees for this option? Do they have set down payment amounts and monthly payment thresholds? If you call around you will likely be able to find a bondsman that can assist you with zero-percent financing. This can help save valuable dollars on the back end.

4. Trust

Most importantly, you will want to work with someone who you feel you can trust. Does the person you’re speaking with seen to genuinely care about your situation, or do you feel as if they are trying to sell you a used car? Needing to bail someone out of jail can be one of the most stressful situations you’ll ever need to deal with. You will want to make sure you are able to work with a bondsman who treats you with compassion, dignity and respect.


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Updated:  10/17/2013