Useful Tips When Posting Bail
- Make sure you only deal with a licensed bail bond agent.
- Make sure the bail agent charges you only legal rates. The premium charged for a bail bond varies from state to state. Additional charges above the allowed premium should be itemized and explained to your satisfaction.
- Make sure you are given itemized receipts for all bail bond charges.
- Make sure you receive copies of all signed contracts and agreements for your bail bond service.
- If financing is provided, make sure you understand the terms of the financing agreement prior to signing and be sure you are given copies of everything that you sign.
- Make sure the bail agent you contract with will be available to you after the bail has been posted. Part of what you pay for is service. Any professional bail agent will be available for questions or concerns throughout the entire bail bonding process.
“Bail is a regulated industry, one Bail Bond Agency cannot give you a better price than another Bail Bond Agency, but there is a difference in how you are treated and the service that you received after your bond is posted” – Tim Bellis
What to do If You have a Complaint about a Bail Agent
If you ever do feel that you have been compromised by a bail bondsman, contact the Department of Insurance in your State. In the state of Florida, you can file a complaint with the agency that regulates and licenses bail bond agents in the state of Florida, the Florida Department of Financial Services. Call 1-850-413-3100 (ask for the Bail Bond Coordinator)
Department of Financial Services
200 East Gaines Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0300
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