California's Bail Bond Industry
California’s bail bond industry is just like any other. There are really good companies, and there are companies you’ll regret working with. The good news is that we are familiar with the traits the less desirable bail bond companies possess and are happy to share the information with you so that you don’t make a mistake while trying to secure a bail bond for yourself or a recently arrested loved one.
A Lack of a Verifiable Address
Honestly, if you can’t pinpoint a bail bonds office on Google Maps, you should move on. The lack of address is a major red flag. When a bail bonds agency doesn’t offer anything other than a cell phone, virtual address, and email, it means that they probably aren’t the real deal. The only thing you’ll do by working with them is land yourself directly in the middle of a scam. The experience will cost you money, you’re loved one will spend even more time in jail, and you’ll lose faith in your ability to know which bail bond agencies you can trust and which are merely con jobs.
The Won’t Tell You How Much They Charge
The unwillingness to discuss rates with you generally indicates that you’re about to be conned out of a great deal of money. You should also be suspicious if the agency tells you that their rates are anything other than 10% of the actual amount of bond owed. The industry standard is 10% of the bail bond. More or less, unless it’s a verifiable discount, it is a sure sign that you need to take your business elsewhere.