If you have not worked with a bail agent before, you may be unfamiliar with how the bail bond system works or what getting someone out of jail actually entails. Finding a good bail agent can help your experience run smoothly. But what exactly makes a good bail bond agent?
There are several factors that should be included in the answer, from personality traits to meeting legal requirements to an agent’s reputation. Below, you will find more information on what to look for in a good bail bond agent.
The Legal Requirements
Depending on which state you are in, bond agents must meet several legal requirements in order to obtain a bail bond license. In most states, a bail bond agent is required to have a license to post bonds, which often requires a background check, a written test, and a fee. The agent must be working for a bail bond company that is in good standing with the state and the courts.
The Personality Traits
Bail bondsmen should be professional, not only in appearance, but in how they interact with a client, co-signer, police, and the public. Bondsmen should treat clients with respect at all times, no matter what crime the inmate has been charged with. Many clients and their friends and family members will have questions about the bail bond process, how court works and even what chance the inmate has of being proven innocent. The bondsmen should attempt to answer questions to the best of their ability.
Being a good listener is another necessary personality for a good bail bond agent. As stated earlier, this could be the first time the inmate has dealt with a bail bond agent. Compassion can go a long way in easing the fears in the inmate’s mind and learning what steps will be taken by the courts next keeps an inmate out of the dark.
The Agent’s Reputation
No matter how good a bail bond agent is, there will always be people who do not feel as though they were treated fairly. A bail bond agent’s reputation not only hinges on how the agent deals with clients when getting them out of jail, but also when dealing with them in court.
Good bail bond agents will show up to meet a co-signer or be at the jail when they said they will be. Consistently showing up late will get around to other potential clients who will not want to wait on a bail bond agent who takes a long time to arrive.
These are some of the more important factors that make a good bail bond agent. The agent is doing a job and clients deserve to be treated well, just like customers in other industries.
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