The bail bond services offered through bond agents and bond companies extend far beyond simply issuing bonds. While most bond buyers are happy to purchase from whatever agency can get them their bond the fastest, comparing the services offered by a couple of different companies before committing to one is an easy way to get an idea of the buying experience you’ll have. If a bond supplier is willing to offer long-distance services that means that their customers really matter to them. They’re willing to go the extra mile, literally, for the convenience of their clients.
With today’s technology, it isn’t difficult for a bonding company to offer long-distance bail bond services. Sometimes, such as when an arrest is made at an unusual time or when a cosigner lives far away from a defendant, long-distance bond services may be the only method the arrested party can use to obtain release from jail until their court hearing. Through these services, clients in jail can use the telephone – and sometimes a fax – to obtain their bond. Alternatively, the defendant’s cosigner can call in the bond without ever having to leave home. Defendants who require services for long distance bonds may use credit cards, debit cards and money wires to pay the fees for their bonds without distance becoming an issue. As long as the defendant, the cosigner and the bondsman work together and cooperate, sending payment information over long distances can be done in a snap.
Long distances bail bonds are often needed when defendants want to use the services of a nationwide bonding company. Otherwise they are used if a defendant wishes to use the services of a bonding company that is not located near the jail. We don’t highly recommend nationwide bonding companies, however, because they are often not as willing to personalize their services in a case by case fashion. Furthermore, their agents may not be very familiar with local arrest laws.
There are some disadvantages to going the distance with your bonding company. With a long distance bond service, a defendant’s decision to use collateral – including property or personal belongings – to secure the bond may be a bit more complicated. Cosigners and defendants alike may also prefer to have the chance to meet their bondsman face to face. Of course, if you know of a reliable bonding company whose staff you already feel comfortable with, having a long-distance option to work with them will outweigh any disadvantage the distance may create.