Common Mistakes People Make When Seeking Help From A Bail Bond Company

Posted on: 10 July 2018

If your loved one has called you to let you know they have been arrested, you may find yourself stressed out, worried and in unfamiliar territory. Unfortunately, though, this can lead you to making common mistakes when it comes to trying to bail your loved one out of jail. Here are a few of the common mistakes that people make when it comes to bail bonds companies and how you can avoid these mistakes. 

Mistake 1: Assuming the Bail Bond Company Sets Bail

One of the mistakes that are commonly made in regards to bail bonds is assuming the bail bonds company has control over the bail bond amount. Some people show up to a bail bond office asking them to lower or reduce the bail for their loved one. The bond amount is set by the courts or a judge in your area. If you want the bail to be reduced, a bail reduction hearing will need to take place. Your loved one's attorney or public defender will need to arrange for that to take place. 

Mistake 2: Failing to Have Your Loved One's Pertinent Information

Another common mistake that is made in regards to bail bonds is failing to have your loved one's pertinent information. When you go to post bond for your loved one, try to gather as much information about your loved one as you can. You will need their full name and date of birth. 

It also makes it faster and easier for the bond company to locate and post bond if you already know where your loved one is being held, the county they were arrested in, what their booking or reference number is and what they have been charged with. A bond company can find this information with just a name and date of birth if need be, but that takes time. 

Mistake 3: Not Researching Bail Bond Companies

The last mistake that is made when seeking help from a bail bond company is not taking the time to research the different companies. Always make sure a company is licensed and insured. From there, ask them what rates they charge and compare bond rates and fees charged by various companies. Lastly, do a quick Internet search and read reviews on the company. It may take some time to do this, but it sure beats hiring an unlicensed company or problematic company. 

It can be disconcerting to hear that your loved one has been arrested. And due to this, you may want to help them get out as quickly as possible. As you go about trying to free them, it is important to understand that a bail company has no control over the bail amount for your loved one, that you need to provide the bail company with as much information as possible to help them get your loved one out, and you need to take the time to research companies. All of this will help you avoid common bail bond mistakes.