In a place where people are desperate and vulnerable to get their loved ones out of jail, always comes an opportunity for unscrupulous people to try and take advantage of the situation to make a quick buck and usually leave the victims high and dry. It is a sad occurrence but unfortunately, bail bond scams happen. Fortunately, however, when armed with the right information they are extremely easy to spot and avoid. Here are some basic warning signs to look out for!
Ask for the proper certifications
When someone becomes a bail bondsman they have to go through the proper training and certifications in addition to getting licensed by the state they are operating in. If someone is a legitimate bail bondsman, they will have a license (and most likely in view at their location) to prove that they have taken the proper steps to be a bail bondsman and it is absolutely within your right to ask to see this license. If for any reason the bail bondsman is hesitant to show it to you then it should raise some questions as to why.
Be suspicious of deals or price gouging
In addition to licensing, states actually also set rates to how much a bail bondsman can charge as service rate to negotiate released. This can vary state-by-state but it is typically 10% This means that if a bail bondsman offers some amazing deal where they only charge 5% or on the flip side they try to say that it cost 20-30% to use their services, then they are not real bail bondsman and even if they were licensed, they would be breaking the law in operating outside of a 10% fee.
A real bail bondsman will never come to your first
The last thing to be wary of is anyone who comes up to you offering their bail bond services, particularly if this happens around a jail. A legitimate bail bondsman won’t so this and it is essentially a guarantee that they will take your money and run. Instead look online for bail bondsmen in your area and look at reviews to see if they would be a good fit.
In the end, though the scams can be frustrating when you know what to look for it is pretty simple to see who is not a real bail bondsman. If you or a loved one are in need of a legitimate and well-reviewed bail bondsman in the Modesto area, feel free to get in touch with us and we will be more than happy to assist!