Comparison shopping is something you do with cars or refrigerators or TVs. Not bail agents. Likewise, the idea of grilling someone before deciding to work with them is a process that’s reserved for contractors. Right? You sit down with the roofer or landscaper and ask some questions to determine whether they’re trustworthy and knowledgeable. You don’t do that with a bondsman. Or do you? The fact is that not all bail bond agents are created equal. And while most are hardworking, trustworthy individuals who always have the best interest of both defendants and society at heart others are motivated more by profit than anything else. So before you decide to hire a bail agent it’s a good idea to ask a few questions to try and figure out if you’re getting someone you can rely on or someone who’s going to treat you like a number.
First off, keep in mind that bail agents are busy people and don’t have the time or ability to come to your home like a landscaper might to discuss your situation. In fact, they’re restricted to conducting their business within the confines of their office. So you won’t get a “sit down” at your kitchen table. But that doesn’t mean you can’t pose your questions anyway. You’ll just have to use the phone. Just be sure to have questions prepared, because the agent doesn’t have all day to discuss things. Here are 6 questions you should consider posing to a bail agent before choosing them.
While a bail bonding agent won’t be able to come to your home to discuss business there is nothing forbidding you from asking them relevant questions over the phone to determine if they are reputable. It’s a good idea to print out the questions we provided above and have them handy in case you ever need to enlist the services of a bonding agent on behalf of yourself or a loved one. A few questions can save you a lot of time, money and hassle in the long run.