Getting arrested and booked in jail is already a stressful experience. Don’t add to your stress by falling for bail bond scams! We have a few tips to avoid bail bond tricks. And don’t forget, if you need quality bail bonds services in Wake County, SC, call (919) 205-5322 for trustworthy bail services!
If a bondsman contacts you while you’re in jail without you initiating the contact, this is illegal. Bad bondsmen will wait outside jails or call you while you are in jail to solicit their services. Some even have people on the inside of the jail trying to recruit people for their business. A good bondsman will follow the law and wait for you to call them.
Always ask a potential bondsman for their license number and check that the license has not expired before doing business with them. Some bondsmen (especially those who prey on people outside jails) have expired licenses or no license at all! This means they may not follow bail laws and will leave you in more trouble than you need. A sign of a good bondsman is that they will happily give you their license number so you can confirm their legitimacy.
Cheap Upfront Costs
In South Carolina, most bail agencies ask for a fee with a maximum of 15% of the bail amount in order to get someone out of jail. Some untrustworthy bondsmen will offer a 5% or 10% fee, which sounds nice at first. Then they will introduce hidden fees and high interest for paying off the bail. Good bondsmen are upfront about their rates. Don’t be fooled by cheap upfront costs because you will end up paying more later.
Don’t forget, C.L. Collins Bonding is here for all your bail bond needs! If you’re in jail and need someone you can trust who won’t play any bail bond tricks on you, be sure to give our bondsmen a call!