Bail bond agencies charge you a fee to post your full cash bail, require collateral for the amount of the bail, and can arrest you without a warrant if you abscond. Lawyers affiliated with any bail bond agency cannot be trusted.
1. Bail bond agencies, what they do, what they are good for.
A bail bond agency is a convenient way to get out of jail while your case is pending, and you don't have the full amount of cash bail. The agency puts up the cash for the entire amount, and you or your family and friends, pay the agency 10% of the bail as a "bond" purchase, as well as pledge collateral for the full amount of the bail. This means that you, your family and friends, will need to sign liens against clean title cars, equity in homes, hand over valuable items like jewelry, guns, etc. to cover the full amount, just in case you fail to show up for court and the bond is forfeited (Note: several bail bond agencies also run pawn shops, where you could have hocked or sold your jewelry, guns or other valuable items to come up with bail). If the bond is forfeited by the court, the bail bond agency will lose the entire amount of cash they put up for your bail. That makes them very unhappy. They will go all "Dog the Bounty Hunter" on you and extract you from a home, car, the street, even a foreign nation, without the need for a warrant, and with the authority to use deadly force on you. If you post the entire amount of bail in cash, you get all of it back, with interest, when your case is done, like after sentencing or dismissal or acquittal at trial. If you pay a bond agency, you never get back the 10% fee, regardless of how your case turns out, as that was your fee for freedom. In Salt Lake County, there is a Pre-trial service operated by the County government, that allows many, but not all, defendants to be released to their supervision, and not have to post bail. Often, that supervision is only phoning in; sometimes, it involves drug testing and classes.
Why you should never trust a lawyer referred you to by a bail bond agent.
Now, as for lawyers affiliated with bail bond companies and why you should NEVER, EVER HIRE THEM! Some unethical lawyers and slimy bail bond agents pay and solicit bribes or pay offs to refer clients to the lawyer. This violates the Professional Code of Conduct for attorneys, and amounts to a quid pro quo, pay to play scam that results in clients being referred to the worst lawyers on the planet. Why do they suck so hard? Firstly, they are happy to violate ethics rules and the law to get you to pay them money, so can you really trust them? Second, they have as much allegiance to the bond agent, or more, than they do to you, which is also unethical, and will result in them selling you out quickly, so that the bail bond agency's money is not tied up for your bail. Some cases simply can't be resolved quickly, and the fight may take months, even years. Your freedom is secured by the bail bond, which ties up the agency's cash on you, and limits the number of other bonds they can issue. It has been my observation that the attorneys who have offices in the bond agency's office, or are referred to the bond agent's clients, are ALWAYS the "Bleed 'em and Plead 'em" creeps that screw over their clients, yet charge the most money, while doing the least amount of work. Every person with a screwed up case that comes to me and says, "but the bail bondsman said he was a great lawyer" while they or their loved one is off to prison, and a quick review of their case shows that preliminary hearings were waived, no investigation was performed, no expert witnesses were retained, and the clients were always pressured and lie to, in order to get them to take a deal, rather than fight. These lawyers don't go to trial, and that should be a dead give-away to their total lack of credibility.
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