Ed. Note: The following content was provided by All American Bail Bonds who is a client of KHTS AM-1220.
Your teen was just arrested on burglary charges and in a moment of panic, you turn to a person who says they’re a bail agent and are offering a 4 percent premium.
“Watch out, there are people who are guilty of bail bonds fraud, really they’re just criminals trying to make a quick buck,” said Inessa Chavez, vice president of All American Bail Bonds in Santa Clarita. “A reputable bonding company will never offer a premium that low because the state of Californiamandates a 10 percent premium.”
Officials at All American Bail Bonds in Santa Clarita have come up with a checklist to ensure you’re speaking to a certified bail bonds agent:
- Ask to see the person’s state issued license.
- Check to see if the company the agent works for is a Better Business Bureau approved company.
- Have the agent thoroughly explain the bail bonding process and cost of the bail bond.
- Make sure the agent gives you copies of all the paperwork you have signed.
“If you ever find yourself in need of a bail bondsman and don’t have the means to pay the full 10%, don’t fret, legitimate bail bonding companies will offer you an interest free payment plan for the legal amount,” Chavez said. “You may have heard the line, ‘If it sounds too good to be true than it probably is’, this line holds true in every aspect of life and it’s no different in searching for a bail bondsman.”
All American Bail Bonds in Santa Clarita is a bail bonding business that has been established for decades and have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
“Often when you come across that shady character pushing that low percentage rates you’re not even talking to a licensed bail agent but in fact you’re talking to someone who has been hired by shady bail bonding company to illegally solicit,” Chavez said. “Even worse the individual you are speaking to may be nothing more than a criminal trying to trick you into giving them your money with no bail bond in return.”
Bail agents at All American Bail Bonds in Santa Clarita are certified by the state of California and undergo further training when they are hired at All American Bail Bonds.
“Call or come in for a free consultation,” Chavez said. “We want to help you get your loved one out of jail.”