Monday, September 28, 2009

Ethics in Bail, A Better Bail Business

I am a bail bondsman with All American Bail Bonds. We are a bail bonding agency which employs over 20 people from office workers to agents. We currently have 3 offices throughout the Greater L.A. Metropolitan area. I am often asked “what is the most frustrating thing about your job”? And I say that it’s getting the bail, making sure the people make it to their court appearances and finding them when they don’t. My common answer is there is no one thing.
Lately because of the quick growth of our company I have been doing a lot of thinking. At this point I believe the most frustration “thing” in the bail bond business is ethics or lack of! Bail is a cash business, it can be a business of quick cash or quick failure. It is a business of constant stress which if handled well can lead to great reward. I guess one might think that this job is “good” some might say easy, the kind of job that you can learn by reading a book or studying others. In actuality, this job is far from easy and because at times it appears so easy you tend to see a lot of charlatans.
When people perceive that money can easily be made you will begin to see people out and about trying to make an easy buck by feeding on the fears and confusion of families and friends who have loved ones in jail. I think I am writing this not to appeal to our clients or potential clients but to appeal to the bondsmen out there to take back the business from the crooks who solicit illegally, who steal, who lie and those who are not even properly licensed. Yes, there are some bail companies out there as close as Van Nuys who aren’t even properly licensed, there are jailers in some of the local jails who are allegedly receiving kickbacks from local companies for sending bail their way or giving special privileges. For those who think I am writing this because of pettiness or I am just a complainer, they are wrong. Bail agents need to take back their business we need to band together to be more professional, more honest, and just better people.
There are too many snakes and rats in the farm. We need to put out the traps and eliminate the illegal and improper activities of our competitors. I look forward to the day when bail bondsmen are not thought of as crooks smoking cigars and doing deals in dark back allies. I wish to be looked at as a professional insurance agent, a master in his field. We need to have a code of unwritten rules on how to treat our clients. The people who are in need of our services are the ones that keep us in business. Let’s not lose our humanity, let’s not lose ourselves chasing the premium, the quick buck. I pray that those who read this will relate and band together to do right where others have done wrong. The agents out there who have been really writing bail know what I am talking about. You professional companies out there, lets unite. There are several good companies out there, the companies that have been here for years and will be here for many more. There are also other companies who have no idea what they’re doing. The individuals who are just looking to be somebody and make a quick buck; If we band together these rats, snakes and charlatans will be no more. We can have a more professional industry if we try.
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“Because You Have the Right to Professional, Honest, and Ethical Bail”
Written by customer service, All American Bail Bonds.

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

All American Bail Bonds Fugitive Recovery

The date is July 25th and you can call me agent 1, I am a fugitive recovery agent with All American Bail Bonds. Today we are going to revoke bail on one of our clients who has failed to check in and we have recently received credible information that he is currently using Meth and is a flight risk.

Our client from this point out will be called Brent. Brent lives in Hollywood with his young wife who is equally full of you know what. We originally bailed out Brent on a misdemeanor warrant out of riverside. Brent has a job at a local nightclub in West Hollywood and has failed to check in for over three weeks. We have tried to contact Brent on multiple occasions and we had recently found out that Brent has failed to appear on several other bonds posted previously, and after speaking with a mutual friend who notified us that he has been using meth for weeks, the head office has decided that bail revocation is necessary.

Well its Saturday July 25th and we are meeting at our North Hollywood office address 11526 Burbank Blvd North Hollywood Ca #20; we decided to do a early morning pick up so as to surprise Brent and hopefully get him while he was still asleep. There are three of us today and were driving one of our pick up vehicles, a late model mini van which my guys lovingly call the soccer mom van. We get to Brents house around 6:30 in the morning, I send agent 2 out around back of the apartment complex to the rear window while agent 3 and I go to the front I have agent 3 knock on the door claiming to be a neighbor with an emergency, stating he needs to use the phone. The door opens at that time agent 3 identifies himself and walks through the door tazer in hand, while I explain to the wife, who is the indemnitor, why we are there. While I am speaking with the wife do agent 2 squaks in on the radio and says he tazed the client while he was coming through the ally and now has him in custody. It appears that the defendant didn’t come in last night he had stayed out all night drinking and doing drugs. When brent saw our fugitive recovery agent in the ally he tried to turn and run. Agent 2 immediately identified himself gave pursuit and tazed the client which brought him to the ground. A couple seconds later he was handcuffs, he didn’t know what hit him. While this was all going on Agent 3 was in the bedroom getting ready to arrest another guy was naked in bed, that’s right naked in bed. It appears that the wife was having her own fun without her husband present, we later find out that she had got drunk and a friend had escorted her home because she couldn’t drive and of course one thing led to another. At this point now I am trying to keep a straight face but I can’t help but to think that maybe we’ve done more than just revoke a bail we may have just prevented a serious domestic disturbance. Well back to Brent, Agent 2 has taken him into custody and walked him to the vehicle with agent 3 while I explained to the wife why we were doing what we were doing. She tells me that Brent hasn’t been avoiding us it’s just he’s always drunk and doped up so he forgets to call. No excuses, we do our job, we drive Brent to Riverside county jail where he is promptly booked in and we all get some lunch and tell some good stories.
Written by Agent 1
All American Bail Bonds

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