If you are like most people, you have never been in a situation where you’ve needed to hire a bondsman before. One of the most important things to remember is that hiring a Ventura bondsman is not like buying a car or a kitchen appliance. You will not be able to walk into the bondsman’s office and haggle on price.
The cost to purchase bail bonds is set according to state law. This industry is heavily regulated and it is overseen by the California Department of Insurance (DOI). The DOI, not individual company owners, is in charge of setting that rate. Every bondsman in the state is required to charge 10%. If does not matter if the defendant was arrested in a major city or a rural town. The cost to arrange their bond will be the same.
Does this mean that every company is like the next? Absolutely not. There are still a number of things you will want to consider before deciding which Ventura bondsman to go with.
What hours does the company keep? Can they help you on nights, weekends and holidays or are they only able to assist clients Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.? Is there a bondsman on call 24-hours a day or does the phone connect you to an answering service? This is a very important question to ask. The person in custody will not want to have to spend any longer in jail than absolutely necessary.
How much experience does the bondsman have? All agents are required to take a pre-licensing class and pass a state exam. They are also required to participate in ongoing education each year. At the same time, just because someone has passed the exam that is not to say they have expert knowledge of how bail bonds work. Can they answer all of your questions? Does it seem like they have a good understanding of the process? An experienced bondsman will be much less likely to make mistakes. Mistakes can and will delay the defendant’s release.
Lastly, an expert Ventura bondsman should understand the local jail system like it’s the back of their hand. Every jail has different policies and procedures when it comes to posting bail bonds. It is important to hire someone who is very familiar with the ins and outs of the Ventura County Jails.