Have you or someone you love ever been charged with an offense and held on bail? If so, you may understand that a bail bondsman is able to “set them free” by promising the bail amount to the court with the guarantee that the alleged offender will appear.
This may be a stressful and vulnerable time. That’s why it is important to choose a company you can trust. It is in everyone’s best interest to follow the right steps and work with a reputable, efficient, and reliable professional.
What to Look for in a Bail Bondsman?
Ensure they are Licensed.
The very first step you want to take is to ensure the bail bondsman is properly licensed. There are a lot of people out there who would have you think they are legitimately in the business and aren’t officially recognized by the state. Research this online on Missouri’s Department of Insurance website, or ask to see proof of a license upon meeting.
Are They Insured?
It is important to remember that custody of you or your loved one is being transferred to the bail bond company. Would you trust your child to an uninsured daycare or your car to an uninsured shop? Don’t be afraid to ask if they carry liability insurance in the event that something goes wrong during the release and don’t be afraid to ask to see it!
Are They Reputable?
Court officials aren’t allowed to recommend bail bond companies. But attorneys and other professionals are. Ask around about them! Go with a company that is known in their community, that has an office in which you can transact business. Stay away from bail bondsmen who lurk at jails waiting for you to walk through the door. These are generally “ambulance chasers” and all they want is your money with no real commitment to you!
You Get Exactly What You Pay For.
Finding yourself or a loved one in this situation is much more common than many think. Understand that there may be companies that make large promises up front and fail to deliver as your case progresses. A reputable bail bond company will charge 10% of the total bond amount as long as the bond amount is $1,000 or more. If they choose to finance, which many do, their financing will be reasonable and tailored to what you can afford. Financing a bail bond shouldn’t accrue interest unless the premium is paid late. They should work with you and they should never threaten to put you in jail for not being able to pay!
Ensure They Are Readily Accessible.
Look for a bail bondsman that is going to be there when you need him or her. For instance, their attendance should be considered “required” for criminal proceedings. Your family may also need to get a hold of them from time to time. They should follow you and your case from beginning to end and stand behind you the entire way. Choose someone who is going to be reliable and available when you contact them. Choose someone who cares about your outcome and not just your income!
Need a bail bondsman in the West Plains, MO, area? Nicholas Bail Bonds has over 15 years of experience and will work hard to get you the release you need during the pending trial. They have built a reputation for reliability and will be there when you need them, 24 hours a day. Call (417) 255-1109 to speak with a representative, or visit the website to learn more about the services they provide.