Bail bondsmen are capable of far more than simply writing checks for clients who can’t post their own bail. They are experienced practitioners who are more valuable to defendants and their families than many realize.
- They are a great source of information Many have a working knowledge of the American criminal system and go out of their way to provide information that helps their clients navigate it. An experienced bondsman can help clients understand sometimes the complex legal process which surround bail and provide information as to what to do and when.
- They help reduce hassle & stress In such a difficult, stressful time it is helpful to have experience to hand. Bail bondsmen are very familiar with the bail process; they can help in filling paperwork, ensuring everything is accurate and reducing any cause for delay. Even help for things which may seem trivial can help to release some of the burden on defendants and their families. Some bondsmen even go beyond form filling and will offer rides for defendants to court hearings.
- They are support for friends & family Very often it is family and friends who take the responsibility of handling the bail process. After an arrest, friends and family will be stressed and want information so that they can help. A bail bondsman is an experienced person who can help provide this. When deciding to use a bail bondsman the relationship does not end the moment the defendant is released from jail either. It ends when the court hears the defendant’s case through to the end. The bail bondsman will act as surety agent on the client’s behalf throughout the process, it is in their interest to ensure defendants turn up to court and many friends and family will be grateful for this.
- They help to maintain privacy With bail bond companies furnishing the bond amount, your own finances not only remain secure, they are also subject to less scrutiny. A hefty bail amount is difficult to arrange at short notice, and even when you can, you may be required to provide pay stubs, bank details, and other information to satisfy the courts that the money for bail has been earned legally.
Bondsmen are skilled and trained professionals. They must usually take exams as well as have background checks before being qualified to operate. Many of them have extensive financial and criminal law knowledge and often use to great benefit for their clients.