The phone rings, you pick it up and a voice on the other end tells you that a family member or some other loved one has been arrested for a crime. Initially, you may feel angry, confused and even embarrassed but the first thing that you must think about is how to get that person released as quickly and painlessly as is humanly possible.
You could do nothing and let them sit in jail, but there is an alternative that will let your loved one out and continue with their daily life (if they pose no threat to society). The solution is obtaining a bail bond from a bail bondsman.
Bail bonds, especially in California, can be very expensive. But, with a good, professional bail bond agency, the process can be very smooth. That why it is important to find the right Glendale bail bondsman who can help you and ensure your loved one are free again as soon as possible.
These agencies assist people, in tough situations, secure bonds and they must be certified and regulated through the California Department of Insurance (each state has its own regulatory body). The department of Insurance is the one that sets bail bond fees that agents must charge – these is absolutely no lee-way in the charge structure, it is set by law. California, like many states, set the bail bond fee to a flat rate of 10% or 8% (for certain situations) of the bail amount set by the court at the bail hearing (though some crimes have set bail amounts). Remember, if you are charged anything other than these percentages you should report the bail bondsman to the department of insurance (in your state) and simply walk away no matter how good the “deal” seems.
The process of getting the right bondsman with the right bail bonds services to work on your behalf is now easier than ever, thanks to the internet. The first place to look is their status with the Better Business Bureau to make sure there are no complaints. Of course, they may not be listed with the BBB (as many companies are not) as the BBB is a paid for” service that companies pay a yearly fee for. If they are listed and have a bad rating or complaints you should move on to the next agency. If they are not listed, there are other ways to check.
The very best way to tell if you have found a reliable bondsman is from a personal reference, but let’s presume you, like many people, are do not have friends or relatives who know such a service. You should check Yelp. Yelp has, in the last few years taken over as the de facto go to place for people looking for honest reviews of business services (Yelp and Angie’s List). If the bondsman is listed in Yelp and has positive reviews you can be confident that they know what they are doing and treat their customers fairly.
Now, when you call a bondsman, have them explain the complete bail process, even if you know how the process goes. A trustworthy bail agent will be honest and ready to take you through all steps of getting a bail bond. They should also have time to answer all your questions concerning the entire bail process as they know that the more you are familiar with the process the smother it will be for all concerned.
When you meet with the bond agency they will explain to you the forms you are supposed to sign, and make sure you know your responsibilities, as a cosigner before signing the bail band agreement. Being the cosigner of a bail bond means you are approving to be financially accountable for the bail bond contract – remember that. Therefore, if your loved one (the defendant) does not show up to all appointed court dates, you will be responsible. Otherwise, you will owe the full bail amount plus the percentage fee to the bail bond agency. Hence, it is important for you to ensure your loved one return to the court to all appointed court dates and face the charges against them.
The bail process is not an easy task the first time you have to deal with it and it is therefore important you get a bail bondsman whom you can trust in time of need. He should be an agent who makes you feel comfortable and, before the decision becomes irreversible after signing, ensure you are working with a company that is working for you.
Bottom line – if you know what to expect, finding a good bail bond agency in Glendale, California or any other location is very easy and there are plenty of reputable agencies to chose from.