Hiring a La Mesa bail bonds company does not need to be a challenging experience. If you have never been asked to help get someone out of jail before you probably have very little understanding of how the process works. Working with an experienced professional can help ensure the person you care for gets out of jail as fast as possible.
Some people will begin their search based on cost. They will pull out the phone book and begin calling every La Mesa bondsman they can find wanting to know how much they will charge. In other cases they will try to play companies against one another. “The guy down the road said he’d charge me X, if you can match or beat that quote I’ll go with you.” What they do not realize is that this does little more than waste valuable time.
The cost to purchase bail bonds in La Mesa is not decided by individual company owners. The 10% rate is set by the Department of Insurance. State law requires every bondsman charge the same percentage. People who violate that law are subject to numerous fines and penalties. The agent could have their bail license revoked, they could be arrested, face criminal prosecution and even jail time.
If you are unable to pay the full cost up front, don’t worry. You may be relieved to learn there are a number of companies that allow their clients the option of paying off the balance over time. Each company will have slightly different terms and conditions than the next so you will want to be sure you find one that you feel is best able to help with your particular situation. Keep in mind that some will require their fee be paid in full within 12 months. Others are much more flexible. Ask lots of questions before you sign on the dotted line. It is important to know what you are agreeing to before you make that commitment.
You will also want to find out what types of payment they accept. This also varies from company to company.
- Do they only transact in cash?
- Can they accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express?
- Will they allow you to pay with a debit card?
- Can the money be wired to a company bank account?
- Do they work with Western Union?
- Will they allow you to transfer money from your bank account to theirs?
- Can you make payment by making a deposit at their bank?
- Will they allow payment to me made using multiple credit or debit cards?
These are all important things to consider. For example, if the company only takes cash and you are calling on a holiday or weekend, you might consider hiring someone else. If you are unable to pay them before you can get to a bank, this will delay the defendant’s release.
If you have additional questions about payment options, be sure to address them with your bondsman.