If you have been notified that a friend or loved one has been taken into custody by a member of the Milpitas Police Department you will want to contact a Milpitas bondsman as quickly as possible. Most people go their entire lives without needing to hire a bondsman. It is very common to have lots of questions about the process, cost and what to expect.
The cost to hire a Milpitas bondsman is set according to state law. This rate is 10%. It does not matter if the defendant is charged with a serious felony or a misdemeanor crime. The cost to purchase a bond will be the same.
Does this mean that each bondsman is like the next? Absolutely not. There are several things you will want to ask before deciding who to go with.
Does the agent hold a valid bail license? How long has their company been around? Do they have years of experience or have they only been working in this field for a short period of time? An inexperienced bondsman is much more likely to make mistakes. This can often delay the defendant’s release from jail.
Will you need to pay in cash? Can you pay using debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, Western Union or direct bank transfer? Will you need to pay in full or can the bondsman help you with a monthly payment plan? Do they charge interest or financing fees? Will the balance need to be resolved within 12 months? These are all important things to consider.
Will you need to put up collateral? If so, what types of items will they take? Can you turn over the pink slip to your car or does the bondsman only work with real property? Some companies work mostly with no collateral bail bonds. In this case the signature of the person who cosigns the paperwork is assurance enough the defendant will go to court. If bail has been set at less than $100,000 you might want to hire a company that specializes in no collateral bail bonds.
Lastly, do you get the sense that the person who is helping you genuinely cares about your situation? On the other hand, does it feel like they are trying to wheel and deal you? If the bondsman gives you a “yucky” feeling, hang up and move on. Finding out that someone you care for has been arrested can be one of the most stressful things you will ever experience. Finding an expert bondsman you can trust shouldn’t have to be.