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December 31, 2021  |  Posted by Balboa Bail Bonds Team  |  Bail Bonds

After an arrest, posting bail is of utmost importance. Most people need to contact a bail bond service, but what are the important questions to ask? You want premium service, fast results, and a service that is manned by professional agents, not newcomers who may be less able to obtain a fast release. Before choosing your bail bond service, ask these questions:

Is your agency licensed?

Bail bondsmen must be licensed in California. To be eligible for licensing, the individual must be at least 18 years old, have lived in the state for at least two years, submit fingerprints for a criminal background check, have completed a pre-licensing course, and have no convictions for misdemeanors or felonies, and be sponsored by an insurance company. Before signing any agreement, ensure your bail bondsman holds a current license.

What is the charge for your bail bonds?

In the State of California, all bail bond companies must charge 10 percent of the total bail amount. If the bail bond service wants to charge you more or less than 10 percent, be cautious. If the process involves any additional charges above the 10 percent, you should be informed of these charges in advance. At Balboa Bail Bonds, we never charge posting fees, processing fees, or mobile service fees. The only fee you pay is the premium of 10 percent. Note that it is illegal to charge more.

Is your bail bond service available 24/7?

The last thing you need is to be arrested, and after booking, you are allowed to make a call only to find out that all you can do is leave a message. At Balboa Bail Bonds, we are available 24/7/365, and a real person answers the phone, ready to serve you.

Do you offer any payment plans?

If you are required to pay the 10% for a bail bond, it could be more than you can easily afford. Check with the bail bond service about the financing options they offer to ensure you can get the bond in place as quickly and easily as possible. We offer flexible financing options and take Visa, Mastercard, cash, check, or money orders. to make the process smooth for almost anyone. We often bail our clients out with no money down and no collateral.

Do your bonds expire?

A bail bond may have an expiration after one year – but what if your case continues for longer? Ensure you ask the bail bond service if their bonds expire.

Do you have any agents near me?

A website may make it appear that a bail bond service is in your area – but is it? You need a service that has agents nearby, who are professional, experienced, and all our agents have five to ten years of experience – we know the system, and we can help you get released as quickly as possible. Our owner is a San Diego native, and our bail bond agents are local and ready to get to work for you.

Do you charge for a consultation?

Ask the service if they charge for a consultation. If they do, it is time to move on. A professional bail bond service will not expect you to pay for a consultation!

Contact Balboa Bail Bonds Today.

If you need help with a bail bond in San Diego County, you deserve the help of our team at Balboa Bail Bonds. We are affordable, fast, and easy to work with. Our approach is friendly, respectful, and service-oriented, and we are fluent in both English and Spanish. Call us today at (619) 760-2222.