If you have never been asked to help get someone out of jail before, you’ve probably never needed to hire an Alameda County bondsman.
This concept can be as terrifying as it is stressful. Many people think of an expert bondsman as looking like some rough and tumble individual that rides a motorcycle and hangs out at biker bars.
You’re also probably afraid that you’ll need to drive to some shifty part of town, park your car on an unsafe street and walk into a smoke filled, dimly lit office. That mental image would give anyone the chills.
The good news is that an Alameda County bondsman is nothing like you’d imagine. This person is a highly trained professional who knows what needs to be done to get someone out of jail fast. They have passed a state licensing exam, a national background check and is required by law to take ongoing education classes each year. There are some companies that will not hire a person unless they have a college degree.
Every company is required by state law to charge the same, 10% rate for Alameda County bail bonds. If the defendant’s bail has been set at $10,000 you can expect to pay $1,000 to arrange a bond.
All companies may be required to charge the same rate but this isn’t to say each one is like the next. Every bondsman works a little bit different from the guy down the street. There are a few key things you’ll want to ask before you decide which one to go with.
The first relates to how fast they can help you. There are a number of companies that only post Alameda County bail bonds during normal business hours, but their phones are answered 24-hours a day. If the defendant has been arrested late at night or on a weekend you’ll want to hire someone who can help you as fast as possible. The defendant isn’t going to want to wait until the next business day before their bond is posted.
Find out how long their company has been around. Does the agent hold an up to date and valid bail license? How much experience does this person have? Can they help you with a payment plan? Will they charge you interest or financing fees?
Lastly, do you get the sense that the person you’re speaking with actually cares about your situation? Finding out that someone you care for has been arrested can be very stressful. If the bondsman you’re speaking with seems to care more about getting your money than they do helping get your loved one out of jail- move on.
For more information on how bail works be sure to contact a compassionate Alameda County bondsman you can trust.