As an intern working for both Off The Hook Bail Bonds and Bonds by Terri I have learned a lot about what the life of a bondsman is. When I first started this internship I came in only knowing that a bondsman gets someone out of jail until their court date comes around and the bondsman is responsible for the entire bond if the defendant doesn’t show up. I didn’t realize however, what their day to day life consists of. It is not a 9-5 position; it’s 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. Being a bondsman is sporadic, you can’t set a schedule on when you’ll be in the office because you never know when you’re going to get a call and have to go to the jail. Once at the jail a bail bondsman will try to get as much information as possible from the client along with a percentage of the posted bond, if the bond is high the bondsman will also require some collateral. With each client that a bondsman takes in there is a good amount of paper work to follow between intake forms, insurance papers, and keeping track of payments. Between the time that a client is out on bond and the set court date the bondsman will keep in contact to ensure the client will indeed show up for court. If the client doesn’t appear then the bondsman is responsible for the entire amount of the bond if they are unable to produce the defendant. In this case the bondsman would use various methods to track down the client and apprehend them. Such as, websites like Slammer Pics which allows bondsman’s to post mugshots of clients that are on the run and makes finding them easier using different avenues of social media as well as rewards to find them. Bail bondsman will also team up with private investigators to track down people.
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