What Does a Bail Bond Agent Do?

If asked what a bail bond agent does, most people will say, “They get you out of jail” but few have more than a vague answer at best.  The truth is, that while they do get you out of jail, they also have other duties.  

Each day for a bail bond agent is different.   It’s never a dull moment―the agent may spend one day with the phone ringing off the hook with bond requests and the next day needing to help clients at local jails or courthouses.  Because people aren’t only arrested between the hours of 9:00 and 5:00, a bond agent’s hours are varied. Often they can work as few or as many hours as they want.  

The bond industry is steady and not dependent on the state of the economy.  Whether the economy is good or not, people always commit crimes so there’s always a need for a good bail bondsman to answer the call.    

Being a bondsman can pay really well if you’re willing to put in the time and do the work.  Some bail bond agents are trained and licensed to be their own bail recovery agents and take an active role in tracking down and apprehending clients who’ve skipped bail.  By expanding your skills, you can grow within the industry.   

Getting people out of jail is actually a public service.  People who don’t know much about the system may think that bail bond agents just get dangerous criminals back on the street to commit more crimes.  On the contrary, after the court determines that the defendant isn’t a danger to society, he can post bond and instead of being incarcerated with criminals.  He can keep his job which will support his family instead of his family needing to rely on public assistance while taxpayers also foot the bill for his food and housing.   

One of the most rewarding aspects of being a bail bond agent is the ability to help people.  Everyone makes mistakes and if you can not only help someone get out of jail but treat them with understanding and respect, you can make a difference in someone’s life, no matter how small it may seem to you.  Sometimes people just need a little step up to turn their whole lives around.

To become a bail bond agent, you must be 18-years-old, have a high school diploma or G.E.D., go through training, and pass a licensing exam.  After you’ve passed the exam, you can apply for your state license to become a bail bond agent and join a bail bond company and start your rewarding career in the industry.  

If you’re in need of a bail bond agent in New Port Richey or the surrounding area, Mercy Bail Bonds can help.  Mercy’s discreet professional team will work to get you out of jail as soon as possible. Call today at (727) 856-7775. We’re open 24 hours, 7 days a week and we’re here to help!