Many people will go their entire lives without needing to hire a Chula Vista bail bonds company. It is not unusual for you to have lots of questions about the process, how much it will cost and what to expect along the way.
Some clients will start their search based on cost. They will pull out the Yellow Pages and begin to call every bondsman in the book. On one hand, they want to get their loved one out of jail fast. On the other hand, they want to make sure they get the best deal possible. What they do not realize is that this does little more than waste valuable time.
Every Chula Vista bail bonds agent is required by law to charge 10%. If bail has been set at $20,000 you can expect to pay $2,000 to purchase a bond. Do not be deceived by advertisements for discount or cheap bail bonds. This lower percentage often refers to the amount of cash you’d need to put down in order to be eligible for a payment plan. When clients go into the office to sign paperwork they learn the full 10% will need to be paid after all.
Just because all companies are required to charge the same rate this is not to say they are all alike.
Can the bondsman help you late at night or on a weekend? What about holidays? If the defendant has been arrested during non standard business hours it is important to find a Chula Vista bail bonds representative that can help you right away. Your loved one will not want to be in jail any longer than absolutely necessary.
How long has their company been around? Do they have an established track record or have they just opened up shop? An experienced Chula Vista bondsman will be much less likely to make mistakes. Mistakes typically delay the defendant’s release by several hours.
Does the company have a Yelp, Facebook or other social media pages? Are they accredited through the Better Business Bureau? If yes, what is their rating? What have former clients said about their experience working with them?
Is the bondsman very familiar with the local jail? Do they have experience getting people out of this facility fast? Every detention center operates a little bit differently than the next. San Diego jails work a little bit different than those in other counties. An expert bondsman will be able to navigate the local system with ease.
Lastly, do you get the sense you can trust this person? Do they seem to genuinely care about your situation? If the Chula Vista bail bonds representative gives you a weird or “yucky” feeling, it’s OK to hang up and call someone else.