Getting arrested in Arlington may seem like the end of the world at the time. However, with the help of a Tarrant County bondsman, most people behind bars can get back to their daily lives until the court hearing.
Even though this may sound like a clear-cut process, Eric Kohzindar, owner of Big Bubba’s Bail Bonds says that there are some areas of his industry he’d like to clear up for future bond purchasers.
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“For the most part, our job is to be able to help. Most people don’t have any idea of what the bail bond process is at all. Our job is really to inform how it goes,” Khozindar says, adding that one of the most common issues he faces involves fees.
“There is a misnomer that every bond fee is 10 percent. This is not really the case, especially for smaller bonds. Sometimes people get mad at us because the fee will be more than what they’ve come to expect,” he says.
“Higher fees are also the case with a high-risk bond.”
Aside from a high-risk case, the types of bonds that would come with a higher fee include smaller bonds.
“There’s not much wiggle-room on a bond that’s worth 300 dollars. If someone can’t get out on a 300 dollar bond, our fee is going to be more than 30 bucks,” Kohzindar says.
The Bail Bond Industry is Generally Misunderstood
Kohzindar says there’s a lot of negative imagery surrounding bail bonds in general, and this is something he’d like to see cleared up.
“I would say that I think a lot of people believe that bail bondsmen are kind of sleazy. In actuality, everyone who is in bail bonds has to have a perfectly clean record. The only thing you can really have is traffic tickets. Other than that, to be a bail bondsman, you have to be free and clear of any criminal history whatsoever.”
Kohzindar says all bondsmen must renew their license every two to three years in order to ensure their legal record is in good standing.
On the Subject of Collateral
One of the most misunderstood areas of bail bonds is the actual payment. Kohzindar says many people wrongfully believe they have to put up their house or other personal property as collateral.
“Collateral is incredibly rare and is only used in incredibly high priced bonds. I can count on one hand how many times I’ve had to hold a house for collateral. It’s so rare that a normal bond would never have to go through that kind of scrutiny,” he says.
“This is something reserved for bonds that go 200,000 dollars or more like people who are drug dealers or involved with higher offense federal crimes.”
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If you’ve been arrested in Tarrant County and need help getting home, Big Bubba’s Bail Bonds can help. We are open 24/7 and are ready to bail you out. No one should sit in a jail cell until their court hearing. Contact us today to get a fast and easy bail bond.