The best bail bondsmen didn’t become experts in their profession overnight. With experience in the field and knowledge of the laws, they diligently became masters of their craft. But hard work and dedication only go so far, as bail bondsman must have certain attributes and characteristics to aid them in their tireless pursuits. Here are a few qualities we think our bondsman exhibit in their actions.
Bondsman have to deal with individuals that are hoping to get out of jail and most of the time, can’t see why they’re there. Most clients are more than a bit aggravated by the fact that they’re behind bars. In these situations, it’s important to remain extremely patient. Even with the most difficult clients, word of mouth referrals are a bondsman’s best friend so an agent’s got to relax and put on a smile for everyone who walks through the door.
2. EYE FOR DETAIL
Paying attention and having a good eye for detail can help out immensely in one’s career as a bail bondsman. Every agent needs to complete loads of paperwork per client and it is imperative that they make no mistakes when doing so. Even a small mistake can cost a bonding company business, so all of our employees make sure to pay attention to details and work meticulously for your benefit.
3. PEOPLE SKILLS
At the heart of it, a bail bondsman is required to deal with and help others in need. You learn quickly that if you don’t have the ability to interact with people, you will have a tough time in this profession. Being able to read individual’s expressions and emotions is also an extremely valuable quality to possess. It is up to you to select the clients with whom you work, and to decide on individuals who you believe will uphold their end of a bond agreement. Being able to spot questionable characters during a preliminary interview can save you a headache and time spent hunting down a runner. Beyond that, being friendly and compassionate can help clients stay positive through a stressful time.
4. UNDERSTANDING OF CRIMES
The most quintessential quality of a bondsman is some knowledge of criminology. You don’t have to be a legal expert to become a bail bondsman, but having a good knowledge of basic crimes, as well as their descriptions and punishment requirements, is important when you are working with those hoping to get out of jail. It’s a bad sign when a bondsman is constantly turning to secondary sources for legal information, so a working knowledge of these concepts, as well as the ability to learn quickly when necessary are vital.