If you have never needed to bail someone out of jail before and have just been notified of a loved one’s arrest, you are bound to feel overwhelmed. The only thing you might know about bail bonds is what you see on television. You probably have a mental image of bondsmen being big, burly biker guys who sit in dimly lit offices, smoke cigars and throw darts.
In all actuality the bail industry is quite different than what Hollywood portrays. In Contra Costa and throughout California, all bail bondsmen are required to be licensed by the California Department of Insurance (DOI). In order to be licensed the applicant must complete a set amount of classroom education and pass a state licensing exam.
This may help alleviate your concerns about the type of people working as bondsmen, but you may still be wondering how to know which Contra Costa bail bonds company to choose.
That formula is much simpler than you might think. You’ll want to look for a company that has been around for a while. You’ll want to ask if they are accredited by the Better Business Bureau. Does their website offer client testimonials? Do they require collateral, or can they assist you with no collateral bail bonds? Will they allow you to fill out the necessary paperwork via fax and email or do you need to go to their office to complete this step? Can they assist you with a flexible payment plan that works with your monthly budget?
Although all bail bonds companies essentially provide the same service this is not to say they all offer the same customer service. Your number one priority should be finding someone who you can trust, who seems knowledgeable about the field of bail bonds and who can assist you in a way you’re comfortable with.