An arrest in and of itself can be a complicated and unpleasant experience for all parties involved. When stress is high it can be hard to pick up on subtle indicators that someone has ill intentions and unfortunately in the bail bond industry there are agencies that don’t have your best interests in mind. Especially if they’re promoting a deal that seems too good to be true it doesn’t hurt to take a closer look. Today we’re going to take a look at a common red flag that an agency may not be your best choice.
Avoid “Discounted” Services
When someone is arrested they go through a booking process – this is when the defendant is fingerprinted, mugshots are taken and a background check is run. At this point a decision is made regarding the defendant’s court date and whether they may or may not be released on bail. A judge sets the bail based on a variety of factors surrounding the defendant’s arrest, past infractions and flight risk. Once this is set you can contact a bail agency about posting bail. Beware of agencies that promise a discount on the set bail – since this is arranged by a judge it cannot be negotiated by a bail agent. As a rule remember that the bail agent charges you only legal rates not to exceed 15% or $50 minimum per bond plus bonding, booking, and filing fees required by the court and or detention facility. If an agency says they can offer you a discounted deal it could potentially be a scam leaving you out of money and your friend or loved one still in jail.
Look for Reputation Over Price
To avoid scams or dishonest bail bond agencies look for a bail bond agency that has a reputation that backs their claims. At All American Bail Bonds our team is not only personable, professional and experienced we are available to answer any questions you may have regarding the bail process. Give us a call today for a free consultation.