What is a California Bail Agent?
Whether you call them bail agents or bail bondsmen, different states have different requirements for people who want to write bail. In California an agent has to be licensed by the state. The bail agent is representing a surety who is actually providing the bail bond. The agent presents the surety’s bond to the county so the defendant can be released and then becomes responsible for the defendant’s court appearance. Since bail is an expensive transaction, it is important to work with a reputable agent.
To become an agent, the state requires training from approved schools. After the class, the perspective agent must pass a test and go through an extensive background check. The state then assigns the bail agent a license number. These numbers should be listed on an agent’s advertising. To maintain their license, the agent has to attend continuing education courses on an annual basis.
Once an agent is licensed, they need to find a surety that will work with them. The surety determines the premium rate and the amount of bonds they are willing to give the agent. Bail agencies that have been around longer and are reputable are given better rates and more bonds.
How should you choose a bail agent? Most importantly you should select an agent who is licensed in California. They should have a license number with their individual name on it. You can verify licensing through the CA Department of Insurance website: http://www.insurance.ca.gov/license-status/. It’s also important to choose a company that is well established and in good standing. You want someone you can trust and is willing to answer your questions.
Absolute Bail Bonds hires only licensed bail agents. Our agency license number is 1841120. However, each of our agents have their own license number which you can verify through the DOI. We have been in business since 1987 when the Bench family decided to open an office in Lancaster, CA. Over the past 25 years we’ve expanded to a statewide agency with agents available 24/7 to answer your questions. Additionally, we have NEVER been investigated by the FBI or other law enforcement agency. While that may sound trivial, there are several large agencies that have been.
Integrity and honesty is how we have stayed in business so long. Understanding the importance of family and working together keeps us successful. We will stand by you during the entire process.
If you need to hire a bail agent or bail bondsman, call us now at 1-800-793-2245.