When someone is arrested by police and held in custody to face trial, the immediate concern of his friends and family is to get him out of jail. As the legal procedure appears complex and confusing to the common man, they rush to seek professional help.
Bail Bondsman is a professional agent who specializes in securing bail of an arrested person. Most of them have their offices near jail or court and approach the affected persons with promises of securing speedy release on bail. In their understandable anxiety to see their loved one out of jail, people tend to take hurried, and often imprudent, decision. Selecting a wrong bail bondsman can cause them to run from pillar to post and to spend more than necessary, while their loved one languishes in jail.
It is, therefore, very important to know what a bail bondsman is, what his functions are and what should be his legitimate remuneration.
A bail bondsman is a licensed professional, who stands surety for appearance of the accused whenever he is called by the court and to pay the bail bond amount if the accused does not turn up. Also known as Bail Agent, the bail bondsman must have a license from the Washington Department of Licensing.
You must also know that the bail bondsman’s fee is fixed at 10% of the bond amount. You must ask and finalize any other fees or incidentals that you need to pay. You can compare the total cost of the services offered by them before engaging one.
Some bail agents specialize in particular type of cases. So you should also ask whether they have experience of handling the type of case you are stuck up with and what has been their success rate in obtaining bail quickly. Remember, time spent on this exercise will save a lot of time later.