If you’re looking for a bail agent there are several qualities and traits a good bail agent will have. Since you may be paying them a lot of money you really need to check off everything on this list. Here’s a checklist to help you figure out if a bail agent you are considering using is a good one and can be trusted with your money.
- Is the bail agent honest?
This is very important, but can be difficult to figure out for sure if the bail agent you’re talking to is honest. Older bail companies tend to be honest because they have to build a good reputation to be around for a long time. A good test is to ask a lot of questions about bailing your loved one out. If the agent is willing to tell you information that could possibly make you walk away, they are being honest with the information.
- Can you get a hold of your bail agent at any time?
They’re called bail emergencies for a reason. Needing bail isn’t something you can really plan on because it can be needed at any given moment without warning. You want a bail agent who is available night and day to help you. Most bail bonds agencies are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for this reason.
- Does the bail agent willingly display their Bail Agent License?
You always want to make sure a bail bondsman has a current license. Don’t ever be afraid to ask to see it. It is illegal for a third party to bail someone out of jail without a current license in that state to do so. If you can clearly see the bail bondsman’s license number and it is current on Department of Insurance’s website, www.insurance.ca.gov/license-status/
, you have a good bail agent.
- Will the bail agent look up booking information for you?
It can be difficult to navigate a county or state website to find your incarcerated loved one’s information. A great bail agent will find this information for you at no extra cost. A better agent will do this for you even if you decide not to bail the defendant out of jail or to use a different bail agency. The willingness to do this, shows the bail agent wants to help you, not take your money.
- Does the bail agent accept multiple payment types?
This is important because it makes it easier for you by giving you options when it comes to paying the bail agent. This also makes it more likely that the bail agency is not an illegal scam. Companies that only accept cash as payments should be avoided. Con artists prefer cash or money transfer because they are harder to trace. If a company will accept multiple forms of payments, they are a real bail bonds agency and can be trusted.
- Is the bail agent with an older company?
As our parents always like to tell us, with age comes wisdom. The same goes for companies. The older a bail bonds company is, the more experience it has in handling a variety of situations so the bail agents will know how to help you better. Using an older bail bonds company will help you because the bail bonds agents will know what to do to make the bail process as easy and stress free as possible for you.
- Does the bail agent explain the entire contract to you?
A good bail agent will sit down with you and explain every aspect of the bail contract before you sign it. That way you know exactly what you are signing and aren’t tricked into being charged extra by hidden fees. This falls back to a good bail agent will be honest with you.
- Does the bail agent have hidden fees?
If they have hidden fees then the bail agent and the company he/she works for are dishonest. Remember the first thing on the list, honesty. Hidden fees are a way to try and squeeze every last dollar out of you and you don’t want to have to deal with a company like that. Dixon Bail Bond Store has no hidden fees, unlike our competitors.
It is very important when you’re looking for a bail agent that they meet each one of these qualifications plus any others you feel are important. You need to trust this person after all. If the bail agent you’re looking at doesn’t meet one of these, you should consider looking elsewhere for help. Call Dixon Bail Bond Store now at 800-793-2245
to see how good our bail agents are.
- 24/7 Bail Bond Service
- 20% Discount
- Phone approvals
- 0% Interest Payment Plans
- No Hidden Fees – Unlike other bail agencies
- No Collateral with Working Signer
- Se Habla Español
To make an appointment, call 925-228-5858 or click here to request an appointment online.
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.