Learning about the imprisonment of someone you know and love can be very tough and you will probably do all you can to help bail them out. The first thing you need to do is get to the jail and inquire about what happened and if there is a chance they will be released on own personal recognizance, which means that they can get out of jail without paying an amount for bail, if they promise to attend their court dates.
However, if this does not seem to be the case, then you will need to bail them out of jail. The fastest way to get a bail issued for the defendant is to hire a bail bonds agent, also called a bail bondsman because they know exactly what to do to get their clients bailed out of jail. You need to look for someone who is professional and experienced so they have contacts of the jail you are concerned with. Someone who doesn’t know what they are doing will only complicate the bail process and hence delay the release of their client.
But the question is, how will you know if you are hiring the right (bonds) man for the job? Since you will be hiring the bailing agent for the defendant, here are some things you need to consider before you hire someone as a bail bondsman:
Check Their License
Most bail agents in California are representatives of bail bond companies. In some States, like California, bail agents or bail bondsmen are required to have a license that allows them to do so by the Department of Insurance. So whether you are in Los Banos, Salinas, Carmel, Reno, Seaside, Monterey or Pacific Groove, you should ask the representative of the bail bonds company to show their license so you can see if it is valid.
Do they have Experience of working with the jail?
The bailing process varies slightly from jail to jail. This is because each jail will have a different set of officials who may or may not complicate the process. Some jails have more security measures than others and if a bail bondsman has past experience of working with the jail you are concerned with, they will know how to get the bailing process done which could quicken the release of the defendants.
Do you think they are reliable?
At the end of the day, it all comes down to intuition. After you have talked to them, do you feel they are competent enough to make the bailing process easier for you? Ask them what they think about the chances of the defendant winning the trial. Is the bondsman able to make time for you at your convenience? Will they give you their business card so you can call or email them if you have any questions? Among other things, you need to make sure the bail bondsman you are hiring is accessible.
A loved one getting arrested is a difficult time but hiring an experienced and trustworthy bail bondsman can make it a little bit easier for you.