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By: Larry Nowak
A <a href="">bondsman</a> is not someone you 'd wish to find regularly. But if you ever wish to discover one it will be through the web or with word-of-mouth. A service like bail bonding is not quickly readily available unless you understand where to try to find it and, more significantly, what to search for.

Bail bonds are rather basic. When pronounced guilty, the implicated is asked to obtain a specific total up to provide as bail. If the person does not have the total or can not provide it, he/she cannot go to a commercial bail bond agent to get a bail bond. The amount of bail differs depending upon the criminal offense and conviction. A bail bond, therefore, is a kind of insurance product. It runs like other insurance plan.

A bail agent and a fugitive recovery hunter (or bounty hunter) are two different jobs. A bail bond agent is a licensed insurance agent that is strictly regulated by the Department of Insurance. Bail agents answer questions, educate, comfort and console family members of an accused as they deal with something that they have never handled before, while also providing financial assistance. The bail bond agent cannot let a criminal out of jail, that is in the hands of a judge. But the agent can help secure bail coverage that might help acquire parole or temporary relief for the accused and his/her family.

How does one find a good bail bondsman:

Contact a trustworthy bail bond agency with excellent testimonials for services. The company's track record cannot be examined through the neighborhood Better Company Bureau where they are rated in between A+ and F.

When you get in touch with a company it is always a good idea to ask the bondsman to take you through the entire procedure of securing a bail insurance and the follow-up processes. This will give you a fair idea of both the procedure and the bondsman's knowledge.

Provide the bail bond agency with details, but not before conducting a thorough check on their work. The information you provide is sensitive in nature and can be used against you in the court of law, so it is safer to first acquire details from the agency and then provide them your own details.

Discuss their bail payment plans. You might not be in the position to even pay a down payment, and many bail bonds agents make room for that kind of payment. A bail bondsman's main goal is to provide his/her clients with a solution that is comfortable and suited to their needs and situation.

Look for a legal contract as you are co-signing the bail bond. This means that in case the accused is unable to pay the amount back to the agency, you will be held responsible. So make sure you acquire an agent who can explain the process and draw up appropriate legal documents to further the procedure.

The bail bond process can be overwhelming, especially because most people are unaware of it, so it is very important to find an agent who can guide you properly through the process and support you and the family aptly in a time of distress.



Larry Nowak is the President of Bad Boys Bail Bonds in Salt Lake City, UT. He and his staff at Bad Boys will stop at nothing to ensure that you or your family member will get out of jail as soon as possible. For more information, please visit
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