Not all bond agencies are created equal. While it’s true that they all perform the same function of bonding out people’s loved ones from jail, there is much that goes into selecting the right bond agent or agency for your family.
At The Firm Bail Bonds, we understand that things happen unexpectedly. You need a bond agency who is prepared to act on yours or your loved one’s behalf 24/7. Here are a few things to help you choose the right bail bond agency for you and your loved ones.
Always do your research. You want a bond agent who has a reputation for doing good work. Best way to find a reputable bond agent is through defense attorneys. Bond agents who work with defense attorneys have a reputation for quality work. You may even be able to have your fee reduced to 8% through an attorney-referred agency.
Detention officers usually have information about reputable bond agencies as well. Get to know the detention officers or have your attorney befriend a detention officer and get the inside scoop on a trustworthy bond agency.
Other people’s experiences with an agency can tell you a lot. It’s easier than ever to review and research other people’s reviews online with organizations like the Better Business Bureau and Yelp. Agencies also include reviews and testimonials on their website.
Bond agencies usually charge between 10% and 25% of the bail fee, depending on the type of crime and stipulations of the defendant’s release. Make sure you understand what your fee pays for.
Also, beware of scam artists purporting to be bond agents, offering deals and changing fee amounts. There are people who will take advantage of another’s heightened emotions.They will offer fees at 5% which is ridiculously low and speaks to inexperience or scam.
Most importantly, know what your needs are. Do you need an agency that is available 24 hours to answer any questions you may have? Will you need an agent who will help you understand the process? If you’re looking for bail bonds in West Hollywood, The Firm Bail Bonds has the experience you need in a bond agency to handle your bond quickly and discreetly.