How to Become a Bail Bondsman in Colorado

become a bondsman in denver coThe United States legal system depends on a vast number of components working together as one cohesive unit in order for justice to take its course. Part of that is bail and bail bonding, where finances are provided – if necessary – on the part of a defendant by assigning collateral. The bail bonding process results in the defendant being allowed out of custody, helps assure the person will appear for court appearances or forfeit the bond, and allows the bondsman to collect a percentage of the bond money for performing certain services for the defendant and the legal system. To become a bail bondsman in Denver:

Determine if you qualify

If you want a career in Colorado Bail Bonds, there are certain qualifications you must meet. At the very least, you must be a Colorado resident 18 years-old or older, plus:

  • You must be lawfully present in the U.S.

  • You must have not been convicted of a felony in the last 10 years, or must not have completed parole, probation, or deferred sentence within the last 10 years from being released from jail.

Finally, you must be trustworthy, competent, financially responsible, and have a good personal and business reputation.

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Bail Bondsman in Colorado and a Bad Economy

hiring a bondsman in a down economyIf you listen to the pundits or “talking heads” on cable television or radio call-in shows, a failing economy results in an increase in crimes. This means that when crime goes up, someone who profits from Denver Bail Bonds reaps even more benefit. But that’s not necessarily true in either case.

Each state sees peaks and valleys for different kinds of criminal activity, and people who earn a living off bail bonds in Denver Colorado are affected, too. Bail bondsmen are insurance producers, selling a product like any other, so if a person is cutting back on spending in certain areas so they can afford the basics, they probably can’t afford bail bonds either.

But Crime Rates are Rising, Right?

Americans are strange. Perhaps because of television, radio, the Internet, cell phones and other media sources, we naturally assume by default that crimes rates keep rising. We see and hear of mass murders taking place on military basis and movie theatres and assume things keep getting worse. But that isn’t necessarily the case. In fact, according to the latest data from the United States Census Bureau, there were 46.7 million violent crimes committed nationwide in 2008, but only 43.9 million in 2009, which may not be statistically significant.

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The Top 5 Questions to Ask a Bail Bonds Company

When a person hires a company or individual, they do so based on factors like trust, knowledge, experience, and reliability. Comfort level is a huge part of the equation, too. How often, for instance, have you gone shopping for furniture, made it just inside the store, then get deluged by a bee line of hungry sales associates looking for their next commission? If you’ve judged the situation correctly, you leave within minutes and go elsewhere. The same holds true if you’re ever in the need for a Denver Bail Bonds company. You want someone you can trust, but how do you know who’s experienced and trustworthy enough to lead you through the bail process at the Denver County jail?

You ask questions, lots of them. Here are five that we recommend clients ask of any bail bondsman in Denver they’re thinking of hiring.

  • Are you listed with the local Better Business Bureau (BBB) office, and where can I see that information? Not all Arapahoe County Bail Bonds companies are listed with their local BBB office, and it makes you wonder why. The BBB is the sort of organization a company should want to belong to because membership engenders public trust and demonstrates that a company is willing to listen to complaints and get them resolved in a timely and satisfactory manner. It’s a sign of trust. This is where you do a bit of research. Check online with the BBB if possible and see if there have been complaints about the bail bondsman you’re interested in, how they were resolved, and how quickly. Also check on their rating. If a bail bondsman says he’s got a AAA rating with the BBB, but you find out it’s really a B, then you have reason to look elsewhere.

  • What do you charge for a bail bond and why? In Colorado, the typical charge for a bail bond is up to 15 percent the value of bail. If your bail is set at $10,000, the bondsman would charge you $1,500. And don’t fall victim to a bondsman who offers to work with you for a considerably lesser fee or on a payment basis. Remember that you get what you pay for and, unfortunately, fraud exists within bail bonds in Denver Colorado just like with any industry anywhere else.

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What to Expect When You Are Arrested

Arrested in DenverFor the homeless charged with petty theft to gate crashers at a Denver Nuggets game to a Hollywood starlet who’s drunk and disorderly, getting arrested and having to come up with Denver Bail Bonds is never a pleasant experience. Let’s face it, people get arrested for a reason, and spending a few restless nights in the Denver city jail isn’t something you’ll look back on with fond memories.
In many cases, the arrest, booking, and Jefferson County Bail Bonds process is easier to handle if you know what to expect.

Remain Calm

The police may arrest you if they have probable cause that you committed a crime. If you are detained, you can expect to hear the phrase popularized in cop and lawyers shows on television for more than 50 years running: “You have the right to remain silent …” These are called your Miranda warnings, and if they aren’t read to you before you’re taken in, a lawyer may get you released nearly as quickly as you were taken to Denver County Jail. Here are some tips to follow if you’re arrested.

  • Stay calm.

  • Be respectful of the officers.

  • Never argue with the arresting officers.

  • Stay in one place, and keep your hands to yourself.

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What Happens if You Choose Not to Post Bail

what if you don 't post bail...In many cases, posting Denver Bail Bonds isn’t as cut and dry as it would seem. Many people who are arrested are not able to post bail for different reasons. They may not have the money or collateral to post bail; they may not be able to contact a relative, friend, or bail bondsman in Denver; or any number of other reasons. But if you choose to or aren’t able to post bail, you can expect certain things to happen – and not necessarily very quickly.

Seeing the Judge

If arrested and can’t post bail bonds in Denver Colorado, a defendant will remain in custody until a hearing before a judge at a local or county court house. This may occur within two to three business days of being arrested and is called an arraignment.
Defendants are issued typical jail clothes, orange jumpsuits, and get transported to court in a secured vehicle, often handcuffed amongst several other defendants who may or may not be facing arraignment on more serious charges. Multiple defendants may wait in court together, each on waiting to be called upon by the judge where he or she will have the chance to plead innocent or guilty to the charges read in court.

What Happens with the Judge and Bail

A judge can issue a sentence immediately if the defendant pleads guilty, but if the person decides to plead not guilty, there are a number of options the judge could choose.

  • Leave the bail the same, which is the most common outcome.

  • Raise the bail if the judge believes the defendant is a flight risk, for instance.

  • Lower the bail if for some reason it is deemed too high.

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Top Questions to Ask Before Becoming a Colorado Bail Bondsman

If you’re interested in a career in Denver Bail Bonds, the first thing you need to realize is this career isn’t like the movies. Your job likely will not involve tracking a defendant cross country to make sure he or she returns for trial. Instead, you may spend more time at Denver County Jail picking someone up and acting as a limousine service more than anything else. There will be some excitement just as there is with any job at one time or another, but forget about car chases, bar fights, or middle of the night air travel to deliver someone safely to federal custody.
Collecting on bail bonds in Denver Colorado can be downright boring sometimes, so here are several questions you should ask a professional bail bondsman in Denver before jumping into this career.

  1. I’m interested in a career as an immigration bondsman in Denver. How do bonds work? Bail bonds help to assure a defendant shows up in court as scheduled. Anyone who has been arrested and placed under what’s called a “secured bond” can be released from custody by paying the full amount of the bond in cash, signed by a person who has enough property to cover the amount of the bond, or by a bail agent.

  2. Does a bail bondsman carry a gun? A bail bondsman can carry a gun with the proper licensing just like any other resident. A class to be certified for carrying a concealed weapon is highly recommended.

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