Three Of The Bigest Myths About Bail Bondsmen And The Real Truth About Why You Need Their Services

15 April 2020
 Categories: Finance & Money, Blog

For many people, dealing with a bail bondsman is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. As a result, it can be easy to believe misinformation that exists. If you find yourself needing the services of a bail bondsman, though, make sure you don't fall into these myths.

Myth #1: Bail bondsmen must be paid in cash

For some reason, a lot of people believe a bail bondsman absolutely has to be paid in cash. In the majority of cases, though, that's not true. Like all businesses, it's up to the individual company to choose how they receive payment. And since bail bonds companies know most people don't carry large sums of money, they do accept debit and credit cards along with cash. And it's worth noting that if you can't pay the bail fee (usually about 10%), some bail bondsmen accept vehicle titles or electronics as collateral.

Myth #2: A bail bondsman will handle your court obligations for you

A bail bondsman is just what the name implies — they pay your bail to bond you out of jail. Once that's done, though, their services are through. Many people have found themselves in trouble because they missed out on a court date because they thought the bondsman was handling that. It's important to know that they're not lawyers! You're out of jail, but you still certainly have obligations to handle on your own.

Myth #3: If someone is found innocent, the bail bond fees are paid back

When bail is paid to a court, that money is given back whether the person is found guilty or not (as long as they show up in court). It's crucial to be aware, though, that even if someone is found innocent, their bail bond fee isn't refundable. Bail bondsmen provide a very valuable service, and your fee for their service stands regardless of the legal outcome. The bondsman is risking their own money when they pay your bail, and they deserve to be paid for what they do. 

Even though people only deal with a bail bondsman a small number of times, the industry is growing, which proves their necessity. A reputable, licensed bail bonds company can be an absolute lifesaver in certain scenarios. The majority of people couldn't begin to afford bail on their own, so a bondsman provides a very valuable service that gets someone out of prison while they prepare for their court date. If you need a bail bondsman, don't let these myths stop you from seeking one out!

Contact a bail bonds company in your area to learn more.