What to Look for in a Bail Bond Agent

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What to Look for in a Bail Bond Agent

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Recently in this space, we discussed some of the qualities to consider if you’re searching for a reputable bail bond agency in in part of Utah. Some who are looking for bail bond services will even take this a step further: They’ll research specific bail bond agents within a given agency (or who operate individually), looking to find the person they think will be most helpful for them or a loved one who is incarcerated and looking for a route to release.

At Beehive Bail Bonds, our bail bond agents provide the very best bail bond services and expertise in all of Utah. We’ve not only assisted numerous clients with obtaining their release or the release of a loved one from jail, but also with providing expertise and advice to those who are dealing with the incarceration system for the first time or are unfamiliar with any part of it. We know many of our prospective clients will compare our agents to others in the area to find the best services — we welcome this, as we believe our team stacks up well against anyone. What are the variables you should be looking for when choosing a bail bond agent? Here are several.

Basic Understanding of the Law

While no one is saying a bail bond agent needs to be a legal expert with attorney-level education, it’s important to find an agent who understands the law and can competently answer your questions. If your loved one has been arrested, you may not know much about what’s next or how bail works in Utah (or wherever he/she has been arrested). Your bail bond agent should be able to help you understand this process.

This is far preferable to using the internet or other less reliable resources, as the internet is riddled with misinformation. We’ve seen clients come to us after using an online resource for help, and they don’t typically enjoy the results. This is why it’s vital to find a bail bond agent you can trust — an agent who not only understands the law but also knows how to use it to your advantage.

Patience

Another key characteristic of a quality bail bond agent is the ability to stay patient, even in the face of stressful or frustrating circumstances. These are not always the easiest of circumstances to work through, and even the best agents may need to stay patient to get positive results for their clients.

Many people who are looking for bail bond services might be emotional, worried about a loved one or stressed out due to changing circumstances. Your agent should be able to handle this type of pressure without showing any signs of letting it get to him/her; rather, your agent should be someone who is able to stay calm in the face of this type of stress and frustration.

People Skills

Down similar lines, it’s ideal to work with a bail bond agent who has strong personal skills and can work well with others. The last thing you want is an agent who speaks negatively about your loved one or makes snide comments when discussing the case.

We’ve heard of situations where clients have come to us after being turned away by other bail bond agents because they didn’t think their agent was likely to produce positive results based on their personality and lacking people skills. Not only do bail bond agents deal with clients, they also liaise with jail staff and other legal professionals, so it’s important they have strong people skills to make relationships work.

In addition to these qualities, you’ll want an agent who is knowledgeable of the system but also works quickly. It’s always better to use a bail bond agency which has more than one person on staff, as this allows them to be efficient with your case. At Beehive Bail Bonds, we have a team of professionals ready to help you get the information and service you need. If you’re looking for bail bond services or want more information about our process, give us a call today.

A Detailed Eye

Finally, the world of bail and bail bonds is one that requires a keen eye for detail. You’ll need to find someone who pays attention to the smallest of details in order to ensure all paperwork is filled out correctly and that mistakes don’t lead to complications down the road.

We’ve seen many cases where a single piece of erroneous information has led to an innocent person sitting in jail for longer than they should have, or cases where paperwork errors have caused additional stress for everyone involved. This is why it’s so important to find an agent who pays close attention to detail, as these types of errors can be avoided with proper care and understanding on the part of your agent.

Agency Over Individuals

We touched on this above, but we think it’s worth mentioning again: It’s generally far preferable to work with a bail bond agency rather than a single agent working independently. Although the law allows agents to act independently, it’s often better to use an agency which has several agents on staff to handle cases.

Agency bail bond services can be more efficient than those offered by individual agents as they’re able to share cases and work together as a group, which allows them to give clients the attention they deserve without sacrificing speed or accuracy.

For more on the qualities to look for in a bail bond agent you’re considering, or to learn about any of our bail bond services, speak to the staff at Beehive Bail Bonds today.

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