If you have been notified that a friend or loved one has been arrested by a member of the Brawley Police Department you will want to do your best to remain calm. If the defendant is able to call you from inside the jail be sure to grab a piece of paper and something to write with. Ask them how long ago they were arrested, what they are being accused of, and what their bail has been set at. You should also get the correct spelling of their first and last name, booking number if they know it and their date of birth.
You will then want to begin the process of hiring a Brawley bondsman. Some people start their search based on price. They pull out the Yellow Pages and begin calling every bail bonds company in the book to make sure they can get the best rate. Many people do not realize this does little more than waste valuable time. The cost to purchase a bond is set according to state law. This rate is 10%. If your loved one’s bail has been set at $40,000 you can expect to pay $4,000 to a hire a bondsman. It doesn’t matter where in California a person is arrested. This cost will be the same no matter what city, town or municipality they are being held.
If every company is required to charge 10% does that mean they are all the same? Absolutely not. There are three important things you will want to ask the bondsman before you decide which company to hire.
Ask about their experience. Have they just recently gotten their bail license? How long have they been working in this field? Has their company provided them with additional training? How long has the company been around? These are all important things to consider. An inexperienced bondsman is much more likely to make mistakes. Mistakes can often delay the defendants release from jail. Most people feel it is important to work with an experienced, knowledgeable bondsman.
Ask if they can help you during off hours. Can they post bail bonds at 3am? Can they help you on weekends? What if it is a holiday? Not every company provides 24-7 service. If the defendant has been arrested during non-standard business hours you will want to find someone who can help you right away. The defendant will not want to be in custody any longer than absolutely necessary.
Lastly, you will want to ask how familiar they are with the local jails. A person who has expert knowledge of these facilities will know what needs to be done to get someone released quickly. Every county works a little bit differently than the next. County A might have different policies and procedures than county B. A bondsman who has intimate understanding of the local system will be best able to help get the defendant out of jail fast.