Have you or a loved one ever been arrested? While the chances are relatively unlikely, if you (or anyone you know) have been arrested in the past, no matter the severity of the crime, you (or someone you know) have been desperate enough to ponder,

“How in the world did I get into this?” and then, “How in the world am I going to get out?”

There’s no doubt that the idea of getting arrested, booked, and put in jail can turn someone’s world completely upside down. That’s why it’s important to know beforehand that a licensed bonding agent, or bail bondsman, is there to help someone get out of jail as quickly as possible so as to help minimize the experience. Here’s how you can find a qualified bail bonds company in your area.

Referral or Word of Mouth

Find someone with personal experience. While it’s a difficult thing to discuss, perhaps someone within your inner circle might know of a friend in law or law enforcement who can point you in the right direction. If that proves fruitless or too difficult, you have other methods available at your fingertips.

Internet Search

As with all things nowadays, when in doubt, search the Internet. Begin by searching for highly-rated bail bonds companies in your area that are also licensed to work in your state. Some Google search results will even include ratings based on reviews, which is a huge help. The Better Business Bureau also lists accredited bail bonds companies in your area, complete with a letter grade and any additional information you might find helpful. Once you’ve found a potential bail bonds company, go the extra mile and search their names specifically to find reviews about their level of service.

Ask Questions

Once you’ve found a qualified bail bonds company in your area, it’s important to ask all the necessary questions to make sure they’re the right one for you. Ask them about their credentials and ability to work officially in your state. Ask them if they have any testimonials or online reviews regarding their professional reputation. Most importantly, do your due diligence and ask about all their fees upfront, before you sign anything. In addition to the bonding fee (which is usually 10% of the bond amount set by the judge) they should be able to provide an itemized list of fees you can expect to be charged.

While the thought of you or a loved one being arrested and jailed is a terrible thought, it’s comforting to know that a competent, licensed bonding agent is not only immediately available to you or your loved ones, but ready to help you in your absolute time of need.