Movies, television, and old wives tales have created an inaccurate perception and a plethora of myths and falsities about bail bondsmen and the industry as a whole. Take a closer look to figure out the difference between the truths and the inaccuracies in the surety and indemintor industry, and the bail bondsmen themselves.
Bail Bondsmen are Bounty Hunters
This is the most common misconception about bail bond agents. In the movies and on TV, bounty hunters are portrayed as hard-core street law enforcers that hunt down fugitives and bring them into custody. This is not what a bail bondsman does at all. A fugitive is anyone that has escaped incarceration, has an outstanding arrest warrant, or has missed a court date. They are persons wanted by the law. A bounty hunter is someone that can seek out these fugitives and assist law enforcement in bringing them in; however, they are a separate working party that is not affiliated with police in any way. When they bring in a wanted person, they receive a bounty, or cash amount, for their services. This is how the bounty hunter business thrives.
Bail Bond agents work legally to obtain a release from jail for anyone incarcerated and eligible for bail. They are the underwriters that cover the entire bond amount handed down by the courts, while only charging a percentage of the fee to the defendant in exchange for their services. This charge is non-refundable but pays for exceptional and legal service to get out of jail.
Bail Bondsmen are Discourteous and Bad-Mannered
Why are bondsmen agents portrayed as the mean guys on television? This is simply not true. Depending on which state and county you live in, bail bond companies are often family owned and operated. This means they are one of the people, just like everyone else in the community, just running a business the best they can run a business. Most bond agents are in the industry to help people because they enjoy reuniting friends and family, as well as, giving someone an opportunity for a fresh start. They are happy to be of service, and grateful for your business in most cases.