You have hundreds of choices when it comes to selecting a bail bonds company and since you’ll be paying them a lot of money you want to be sure you’ve picked a dependable company. Unfortunately just like everything else in this world, there are good and bad bail bonds companies. Here are 5 signs that tell you that you need to find a new bail agent, and quickly.
The bail bondsman refuses to show you his license.
It is illegal to bail someone out of jail in California without a current California bail agent license. If the agent you’re considering using refuses to show it to you, walk out and find someone else. You have to make sure a bail bondsman has a current license or you could end up in more trouble. Don’t ever be afraid to ask to see it and run the number through California’s Department of Insurance database to make sure it is current. Here’s the web address to do that www.insurance.ca.gov/license-status/ .
The bail agent will only talk prices in person at the office.
A commonly practiced sales tactic is for the bail bondsman to have you come down to the office to discuss prices. The bail agent believes you will be more willing to agree to a higher price once you’ve put in the time to come down to the office. If they won’t give you any information over the phone, they are trying to manipulate you into paying more for the bail and you should consider using a different bail bonds agency.
The bail bondsman only accepts payments in cash.
Cash is much harder to trace and refund if whoever you paid runs off with it. It is why crooks will only accept cash or money transfers. Bail agencies that only accept cash should be avoided because they’re mostly likely trying to co you out of your money.
The company hasn’t been around for more than a year.
We’re not saying all new bail bonds companies are bad, it’s just that illegal or poorly run companies can’t operate very long before they have to shut down their operation. So crooks will have to start a new company frequently to keep bringing in income. They can only rip off so many people before they have to close down and start over with a new scheme.
The bail bondsman won’t explain the contract to you.
A bad bail bondsman will hand you a piece of paper to sign and not explain any of the writing on it. When a bail bondsman won’t explain something to you, they are probably trying to hide something from you within the contract, such as hidden fees to make more money out of you. Before signing a contract is the time when you need to ask any questions you might have and the bail agent should always answer all of them. If they don’t then you need to go somewhere else.
If you notice any one of these signs, you should find a new bail agent straight away. A great place to start would be Martinez Bail Bond Store. We have over 35 agents all over California, including San Jose, helping people when they need it most. Call 800-793-2245 day or night for a free consultation.
The vast majority of our bonds are approved with no collateral and perfect credit is not required. Most people don’t have perfect credit so why do most bonding companies require great credit? Co-signers with decent jobs and family members who feel confident that their loved one will make all of their court dates are more important to us. Getting someone out of jail is easy when you have us working for you! We are the number one bail bonds agency in California.
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