After being awarded bail, you or your loved one still must come up with the money to get out of jail. Rather than paying the entire amount upfront, working with a bail bonds company can make it much more affordable. However, be sure to do your due diligence when reaching out since not all bail bonds companies work the same way. Here are a few key questions you need to ask before you agree to work with a bail bonds company.
Where Are You Located?
Before you agree to any terms, ask each bail bonds company if they’re able to help in your location. If they’re not located within a reasonable distance from the jail you could end up paying a “posting fee.” This occurs when one bail bonds company pays another bail bonds company to actually post the bail.
Are You Licensed?
Before agreeing to any terms, be sure the bail bonds company is licensed to operate in the state of Georgia. If they are not licensed, you are not guaranteed that they will provide the bail and stand by the terms of the agreement. Request to see the company’s license prior to turning over any money.
Are You a Member of the Better Business Bureau?
Ask each bail bonds company if they are a member of the Better Business Bureau (BBB). This unbiased consumer protection agency rates businesses based on a grading system with A+ being the highest. If they are a member, it shows that they care about their reputation and if their score is high, you can expect quality service.
What Do You Charge for Your Services?
When applying for a bail bond, you are expected to pay a certain percentage of the total bail amount to secure the loan. This amount is usually paid in cash or by offering personal property as collateral. Ask each company about their rates and fees and be aware that Georgia law states “sureties on criminal bonds in any court shall not charge or receive more than 12 percent of the principal amount of bonds set in the amount of $10,000.00 or less and shall not charge or receive more than 15 percent of the principal amount of bonds set in an amount in excess of $10,000.00 as compensation from defendants or from anyone acting for defendants.” This means any charging over 15% is illegal and and a “too good to be true” low percentage probably means hidden fees.
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Covering the full amount of bail can be a serious financial struggle on your own. Call us immediately and know you are working with an experienced bail bonds company dedicated to getting you or your loved one released as quickly as possible.