Top 7 Questions You Must Ask a Bail Bond Company Before You Engage Their Services

Bail Bonds companies are the last people you want to have to call on, but are the ones we rely on the most in time of trouble. Perhaps you’ve been there, the late-night phone call with a family member who has ended up in jail and needs you to bail them out. How in the world do you do just that? How do you go about getting your loved one out of jail? How do you choose the right bail agent or bond company?

No one ever plans on getting arrested. But when life throws you a curve ball, Pro Bail Bonds San Diego – Pacific Beach is there to help. We offer fast and efficient bail bonds services, so you can get back to your life as soon as possible. Call us today – we’re here to help!

We sincerely hope you never have to call a bail bonds company, however, if you are ever put into a situation like that, we’ve put together a few simple questions to ask the bail agent you make contact with.

1. How much do bail bond companies charge?
The rate they charge is legally mandated state-to-state. The bondsman company will charge their customers 8-15% of their total bail amount depending on the state. Be cautious of anyone offering a “bargain” rate, it could mean they are operating illegally and not a reputable company.

Whether you’re a local or visiting our beautiful shores, if you find yourself in need of bail bonds services, Pro Bail Bonds San Diego – Pacific Beach is here to help. We operate 24/7 and are available on short notice to get you out of jail fast. So whether you’ve been arrested for a misdemeanor or felony, don’t wait any longer – call us now!

2. How fast can you get someone released from jail?
The only thing a bondsman can control is their part of the release process and paperwork. Most experienced bondsmen should have a pretty accurate time frame of when the defendant should be released. Getting someone out of jail can be a very slow and unpredictable process and being patient during this time is important. The jail facility will always practice safety first and foremost.

The Pro Bail Bonds San Diego – Pacific Beach team provides fast, reliable bail bonds services to the people of San Diego. When you’re faced with a loved one’s arrest, don’t panic – call us! Our experienced agents will work quickly to get your loved one out of jail and back home where they belong. We understand that this is a difficult time for you, and we’re here to help.

3. What is the bail bond process?
A professional company should be able to explain this procedure effortlessly. Here is basically how the process works:

A. The Bond Company will collect some basic and general information regarding the situation in order to assess the risk factor involved in the bond. For example: where is the person being held, what are they charged with, how long have they lived at their current residence, are they employed and if so, where?
B. Customers will need to arrange payment and complete bond documents to include a bail bond application, indemnity agreement and receipt.
C. The bond company will then post the bail and the defendant is released.

4. Are you licensed?
In California, bail bondsmen are licensed by the California Department of insurance and are the only ones legally allowed to negotiate and post bond. It is highly advisable to only deal with bail bond companies who do have a current and valid license and is in good standing with their license. Ask to see the bail agents identification and license before you give them any money and complete the transaction.

5. Where are you located?
In some cases, bondsmen are not in the same state you’re in. If this is the case, this could cost you more money resulting in a “posting fee”, which is when your bondsman may have to pay another bondsman to actually post the bail. To expedite processes and not have to pay an additional fee, find one that is located within a reasonable distance from the jail.

6. What are the responsibilities of the “indemnitor”?
An indemnitor is someone who has bailed someone out of jail and accepts full responsibility that the defendant shows up to their scheduled court date. If that person fails to appear, then the indemnitor is responsible for helping the bondsman locate them and if they cannot be located, the indemnitor is responsible for the full amount of bail. Most often bail bond issues can be taken care of with a phone call.

7. What if the defendant doesn’t show up for court?
A warrant is issued for arrest and the defendant will show up as a fugitive in police bulletins. The bail bond company will attempt to locate the defendant by calling their work, home, references and instruct them to appear for their court hearing. If the defendant can’t be located, then the bail bond company may hire a bounty hunter to locate and arrest them.

Pro Bail Bonds San Diego – Pacific Beach
4426 Lamont St, San Diego, CA 92109
(619) 304-8484

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