When someone is charged with a criminal offense, they often have the option to be released from jail on bail until their appearance before a judge. Bondsman agents (or bail bondsmen) are licensed and regulated by each state to offer bail bonds for criminal defendants released on bail. Bondsman agents can help an individual quickly and easily get out of jail.
However, it is important to understand the process to ensure they receive the best service possible.
Bondsman agents act as surety to guarantee the release of a criminal back into the community, in return for a one-off fee from a family member, friend or employer. The fees cover the risk of the bond’s payment being forfeited should the person fail to appear in court. Bondsman agents provide assurance that the person will return to face the charges if they pay a portion of the full bail amount upfront. The amount to be paid upfront is referred to as the “premium.”
When choosing a bondsman agent to help someone get released from jail, it is important to look for reviews, a good reputation, and a clean license. A bondsman agent should be prompt and organized prior to and during the process, and maintain a communication link with the person charged. A good bondsman can make a huge difference for someone facing jail time.