When a loved one calls on you for help, it pays to know how to help them get out of jail. Bail bonding companies specialize in doing that, and they do it at an incredibly affordable price. Take a deep breath to calm yourself and take care of business for your loved one by following the below tips for choosing a good bail bonding agency to help your loved one be released from jail quickly and affordably.
Understand Pricing – Bail bonding agencies are paid by what may be referred to as a bail premium or just a bail bond. The price paid for your loved one's freedom is likely to be a mere fraction of what the jail is charging for full bail. That is because you are only paying the bonding agency a percentage of that amount. If the bail charged by the jail is $1,000 and the bail bonding agency charges a premium of 15%, you only pay $150. Don't be taken in by bail bonding companies that tout a lower percentage because bail bond premiums are set by the state, so most agencies offer the same premium. Don't automatically lean towards a company advertising a lower rate – that's just a marketing ploy.
Understand the Terms – You will probably find several bonding companies to choose from so don't put up with an agency that is unhelpful, rude, or that fails to explain how everything works. Bailing someone out of jail is not something done every day, so many people need the process explained to them in a patient and respectful manner.
Understand About Experience – It can be tricky when dealing with legal matters, as you may already know. Therefore, the longer a bail bonding agency has been in business the more they know about how local bail issues work. They are familiar with jail and courthouse personnel and their policies and so they can make everything more seamless and effortless for you to secure your loved one's release from jail.
Understand How They Operate – Take the time to do a bit of research before you settle on the agency you will use. Check out their website, view testimonials, and get an idea of how they function by checking out some ratings online. While some people are impossible to please, most of the reviews should be glowing and positive.
Know About Immediate Help – Those jail phone calls can come in the middle of the night, on weekends, and on holidays. Go with a bail bonding agency that answers calls all day and all night, regardless.
Speak to a friendly bail bond agent for more information.