Even the most law abiding citizens can wind up in jail at some point over a poor decision. That’s why it helps to find an expert bondsman in such an unfortunate situation. The key is to cooperate with law enforcement without incriminating yourself. You will be released much faster after you are booked if you do not create extra problems. A licensed reputable bail bonds company can help accelerate your release.
Finding the Right Bondsman
You will be entitled to at least one phone call after your arrest. Make sure the call is either to a friend, attorney or bondsman who can help your situation. If the call is not to a bondsman, have the person you do contact search for a reputable bondsman. Here are some items to look for:
- The bail bonds company is open 24 hours and can help during off hours.
- How experienced is the company locally?
- Is there an agent located near the jail?
- Do they have a reputation for getting people out of jail quickly?
- Is an agent easy to contact on the phone?
Bail Bond Details
There’s a chance that someone looking for a bail bondsman on your behalf will be a cosigner on the bond. In that case they will be responsible for paying the amount due if you skip bail. The most important information that the bondsman will collect includes name, social security number, the arresting entity, the charges and the bond amount.
In the event of high bail, or if the bail bondsman believes the defendant will skip bail, the bondsman can ask for a guarantee such as property equal in value to the bond. Not all bondsman will make this request, so it helps to shop around. Whoever is researching bail bonds should ask about the company’s recovery rate.