If you are like most people, you have never needed to hire an Oakland bondsman before. You probably have very little understanding of how bail works, what to expect, and what questions to ask.
Some people will start their search based on price. California bail amounts are among the highest in the nation. Purchasing a bond can cost thousands of dollars. Clients are often torn between wanting to get their loved one out of jail fast and getting the best deal possible on a bond. What many people don’t know is that the cost to purchase bail bonds is not set by individual company owners. It is set according to state law. This rate is 10%. It doesn’t matter where in the state a person is taken into custody. The cost to hire a bondsman will be the same.
If every Oakland bondsman is required to charge the same rate does this mean that all companies are alike? Absolutely not. There are a number of things you will want to consider before deciding who to go with.
How much experience does this person have? How long have they been working in the field of bail bonds? Has their company been around for a long time or has it just recently opened up? Do they have a website? Do the have a Yelp page? Are they accredited with the Better Business Bureau? An experienced bondsman will be much less likely to make mistakes. Mistakes can often delay the defendant’s release by several hours.
Do you get the sense that the person who is helping you genuinely cares about your situation? Or does it feel like they are trying to wheel and deal you? The arrest of a loved one can be a very stressful thing to deal with. It is important to hire a compassionate bondsman who takes the time to answer all of your questions.
If the bondsman very familiar with the local jails? Every jail works a little bit differently than the next. Some require the bondsman complete additional steps before the defendant will be released. It is important to hire someone who knows the ins and outs of the local jail system like the back of their hand.
Lastly, can this person help you during off hours or on a weekend? If they only work Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. they will not be the best person who help you if the defendant is arrested late at night or on a holiday. You will want to hire an Oakland bondsman that can help you right away.