What is a Bail Bondsman?
A bail bondsman, bail bondsperson, bail bond agent or bond dealer is any person, agency or corporation that will act as a surety and pledge money or property as bail for the appearance of a defendant in court. Although banks, insurance companies and other similar institutions are usually the sureties on other types of contracts (for example, to bond a contractor who is under a contractual obligation to pay for the completion of a construction project), such entities are reluctant to put their depositors' or policyholders' funds at the kind of risk involved in posting a bail bond. Bail bond agents, on the other hand, are usually in the business to cater to defendants, often securing their customers' release in just a few hours.
Bail bond agents are almost exclusively found in the United States and its former commonwealth, the Philippines. The industry is represented by various trade associations, with the (PBUS) Professional Bail Agents of the United States and the American Bail Coalition forming an umbrella group for bail agents and surety companies, and the National Association of Fugitive Recovery Agents representing the Bounty Hunting industry in the United States. Most legal entities, including the American Bar Association and the National District Attorneys Association, do not approve of bail bondsmen. They think that it discriminates against poor and middle-class defendants while doing nothing for public safety.
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