If you have never needed to hire a Los Gatos bondsman you probably have lots of questions about the process, what you will need to pay, and how bail works.
The process of getting someone out of jail is not nearly as complex as people think it is. It is actually quite simple and easy. Hiring an expert bondsman can make all the difference. How do you know who to choose? If you pick up the Yellow Pages you will find pages of listings. You will find hundreds of companies if you search through the Internet. A common theme you will soon discover relates to cost, and a 10% number will come up frequently. If a person’s bail has been set at $20,000 you can expect to pay $2,000 to arrange a bond.
All companies are required by state law to charge the same rate. Does this mean that all companies are alike? Does it matter who you decide to hire? The answer to that question is yes. Every company will operate a bit differently than the next. You will want to be sure to ask the bondsman lots of questions before you decide who to go with.
- Does the agent hold a valid, up to date California bail license?
- How long has the company been around?
- Do they have a website?
- Is it informational?
- Do they seem to operate with a high level of professionalism?
- Are they accredited with the Better Business Bureau?
- Do they have a section on their website for client testimonials?
- Do they have a Yelp page?
- What have previous clients said about the type and level of service they have received?
- Can they help you if the defendant has been arrested at night, on a weekend or during a holiday?
- Will you need to pay in cash?
- What other forms of payment do they accept?
- Will they take debit cards, credit cards, Western Union, bank transfer or direct bank deposit?
- Are you going to need to post collateral?
- If yes, what type of item will you need to post?
- Do they offer no collateral bail bonds?
- Can they still help if you are unable to pay up front, in full?
- Do they offer bail bonds payment plans?
- Will you be charged interest or financing fees?
- Is there a penalty for early payment of the balance?
- How long will you have to pay off what you owe?
These are all important things to consider. You may also be surprised that not every company requires clients come into their office to fill out paperwork. Some offer the option of online bail bonds by fax and email for faster service. You may be able to complete this step without ever leaving your home, office or place of work. Many people find this is the fastest and easiest way to get someone out of jail.
If you have any other questions about how bail work, what the process entails and what responsibilities you’ll take on by cosigning a bail bonds contract, be sure to ask the person who is helping you. You will want to remember that this is a legally binding agreement. Be sure you fully understand the terms and conditions before you sign on the dotted line.