If you are ever in jail or know someone who is in jail, then you might find that the assistance of a bail bondsman is a benefit. This is a person that can often get you released from jail by taking a bail amount instead of the entire bond that the judge sets. Most bondsmen will take at least 10 percent of the total amount before signing the paperwork for your release with many requiring 15 to 30 percent. If you don’t go to court, then the bondsman would be able to do what is needed to find you and take you to jail once again. The entire bond amount would usually then need to be paid back. You can use cash, debit or credit cards and even a property title in most states to post the bail for someone. Keep in mind that if you do end up paying the bond amount, then the property that is used as collateral could be taken.
A bail agent is simply a person who acts as a surety. This is a person who offers a guarantee to the court that the person will show up when expected if released from jail. Most bondsmen will try to work with the person released to help with finding a job, getting counseling or taking classes in order to show that there is an effort being made to stay out of trouble. Some bondsmen will provide counseling for the person released so that there is someone to talk to about the problems that are taking place in life that have led to going to jail.
Some agents will hire a bounty hunter in the event that the person who was released doesn’t go to jail instead of personally seeking the person. There are licensing requirements for each state, some differing in the education that is required and some differing in the insurance requirements. In most states, you don’t need any kind of special degree, but one in criminal justice would be beneficial. Another option would be to take a law enforcement course so that you know of the laws in the state and the proper ways to detain an individual if it’s needed.
The goal of the bondsman and the overall provide freedom for the defendant. The freedom offered can mean the difference between keeping a job, staying in school or even keeping a family together. The bondsman can often be at the jail in a short time once the defendant calls so that the paperwork can be processed as quickly as possible after the bail amount is received. Once the bail is paid with the money that is received from the defendant, family or friends, then the bondsman will declare that the defendant can be released. The bondsman will often have to pay the entire bond amount himself if the defendant skips the court date, which is why bounty hunters are hired and why bondsmen sometimes go to extreme lengths to find the defendant.
A training program is usually offered by each state since there are no specific degrees that need to be held. Once these classes are completed, then the bondsman would be licensed in most instances. However, there are insurance and credit requirements that need to be dealt with as well. Many states require that a bondsman have a minimal credit score and no judgements on the credit. Bondsmen must pass a criminal background check. There are usually yearly examinations that are given along with training classes that are given on a regular basis so that bondsmen know of any changes to the law in the state. There is a healthy job growth in this career field that is predicted in the future. While the salary is about $30,000 it really depends on whether you are in business for yourself or if you work with other agents. If you work for yourself or with a company, you need to have a bank account that you put money into that will be used in the event that you have to pay the bond amount.
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