No one likes to be lied to. This is especially true when you are paying the person who is lying to you. Experiencing something like this would make the person paying for the services, question their choices. This is why it is so important to carefully research someone before you work with them. You do not want to be lied to and taken advantage of.
When it comes to bailing someone out of jail with a bail bond company, you want to be extra choosy when looking for a bail agent. You want to find an honest bail agent, someone you know you can trust.
One way to determine the trustworthiness of a bail agent, is to ask for his or her license number. All bail agents have to have a license to practice bail in California, and their license number should be available to the public. If an agent will not give you his or her license number, find another agent. Someone who will not give their license number, may not have a valid one and is trying to hide that fact.
One of the benefits of knowing a bail agent’s license number is being able to look him or her up on the California Department of Insurance’s website. Doing this will allow you to see if any disciplinary action has been taken against that bail agent. Any disciplinary action would be the result of the agent mistreating or taking advantage of a client.
Another way to determine a bail agent’s trustworthiness is to look at client reviews. These can easily tell you how good or bad a bail agent is. Clients who have been wronged love to get back at bail agents that wronged them by leaving bad reviews. A single bad review is not bad, there could have been a misunderstanding between the client and the agent, or it could even be a fake from a competitor. It happens more often than you think. A real red flag is if multiple clients have repeatedly given the bail agent negative reviews.
At the end of the day, finding an honest, trustworthy bail agent is all about doing a little research. By putting in this extra effort, you will find somebody that you feel comfortable working with. This in turn, will ensure that you get the bail help that you need.