Aside from choosing an attorney, deciding which Oklahoma bail bondsman company to use is one of the most important decisions a criminal defendant or the friends/family members of the defendant can make. The level of service provided by various bail bondsmen can be quite different even though the rates across the board are fairly standard. With so many bail bond options available, it is imperative that someone understand their options before making a decision. Every person’s situation is unique and it is important to select the best bail bondsman for your needs.
Though the process of looking for and choosing an Oklahoma bail bondsman often takes place during a busy and stressful time, you should still do as much research as you possibly can. Make sure that they are right for you and your situation. You will want to look for a bondsman or bail bonds company who is part of a company that is backed by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) if possible, and should have an online presence with a track record of their interactions with customers. The best place to find reviews are on the bail bo nds company’s social media sites such as Google Plus, Facebook, Yelp etc. Here you will be able to get an idea of how that particular bail bonds company operates.
Experience is a critical factor in how well a bail bondsman executes their job. Only by experience posting bail bonds in the Oklahoma jails and courts can a bail bondsman learn the important processes and time saving techniques to speed up a defendant’s release. Developing an understanding of each facility’s protocol is essential to offering quality service. A good Oklahoma bail bond agent will be able to answer your questions about the entire process, from the bail hearing to how payment will be made.
They should also be able to provide you with documentation that proves their ability to work legally in your jurisdiction. Most surety companies are licensed by the state in which they work, so always ask for their licensing information before you negotiate for the use of their services. In Oklahoma, bail bondsmen are licensed through the Oklahoma Insurance Department (OID).
Flexibility is an important part of any bail bonds service. When your loved one is in jail, you want to know how quickly they can be released. A competent Oklahoma bail bondsman will be able to work with the courts and jails 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so that a release can be secured as soon as possible. This is where local knowledge and a long local history can be so important. If the bondsman is on good terms with the local jail and sheriffs, they can negotiate a quick release as well as favorable terms. Oklahoma County jail is one of a few jails found in Oklahoma that have limited hours. Bonds in Oklahoma County jail can be posted from 6:00 AM – 10:30 PM on the weekends and through the week from 6:00 AM – Midnight M-F. However most Oklahoma City bail bonds companies will be able to negotiate a bail bond 24/7.
They will also be able to provide you with the details of your payment and bail bond contract written in easy-to-understand terms. Some companies ask for collateral or ankle monitors on certain bonds and others do not. If the company you choose requires that you hand over the title to your car or other property, then remember you need to be willing to put these possessions on the line. Although bail bondsmen must charge similar fees, they can provide much different payment plans. It is a good sign when a bail bondsman takes the time to understand a client’s financial position and then provides a solution that fits their needs.
Bail bondsmen in Oklahoma are a dime a dozen. However, choosing the best bail bondsman is not easy. Understanding what separates a good bail bondsman from a bad one is essential in selecting the best professional for your needs.