Things NOT to Say to a Bail Bondsman

Things NOT to Say to a Bail Bondsman

Bail bondsmen are a blessing for those who need the equivalent of a get-out-of-jail card, but lack the resources to get out by other means. Bring a bail bondsman into the equation, though, and you suddenly have everything going for you: someone’s looking into your charges, writing and posting bail for you, and assuring the justice system that you’ll be on time and on money for the hearing.

They’re here to help you; but while there’s nothing a professional bail bondsman wouldn’t do to help clients out of a tricky situation, there are boundaries that need to be maintained.

Such as what not to say to them.

Don’t Lie to Them

This should be a no-brainer, but let’s assume that you have… ambiguous morality. Let’s say you want to tell a little lie, just a tiny one—a half-truth. In your head, it’s completely justified. But here’s the thing: it’s not acceptable—in any case whatsoever.

Remember, your bail bondsman is here to help you. This isn’t some spaghetti Western where someone will swoop in and “bust” you out of jail. That only happens in Clint Eastwood movies.

By lying to them, you’ll not only make their job harder—and their job is to help you—but you’ll also be complicating matters for yourself. In short, it’s like digging your own grave.

They Aren’t Concerned About Your Motivations

A bail bondsman doesn’t care about what you did and what led you to do it. So don’t start weaving long tales that justify your behavior. A bail bondsman will already know about the charges against you. They can gauge the magnitude of the offense and harm caused by the amount of the bail. All of these tales are for your lawyer, not for your bail bondsman.

And no, they won’t judge you either. Their job is to keep you or your loved one out of jail until trial, and they’ll do that regardless.

Flipside: What to Say Instead

Don’t worry if you were a little overwhelmed by these instructions. There are plenty of (important) things that you can say, such as:

The best way to find out whether or not they can help you, of course, is to talk to them. If you’re in Florida, Lee Calhoun’s bail bond agency might be a good start. They serve in Alachua County and beyond, and can be reached at (352) 379-9100.

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