After a loved one is arrested, you need a bail bondsman who is there to help you as much as possible. You want them to give you guidance and make sure you are getting the best care possible. However, there are circumstances when a bondsman might offer you too much help. In some cases, what seems like friendly advice might turn out to be a scam.
It might seem like a harmless thing: your bail bonds agency recommends that you contact someone they work with frequently to handle representation in your friend or family member’s court case. It makes sense that they would have contacts with lawyers and it’s doubtful that you would have a lawyer to contact.
However, you should be concerned if a provider of professional local bail bond services attempts to refer a lawyer to you. There’s a chance that the bail bondsman has cut a deal to get a percentage of the lawyer’s fees in exchange for making the referral. Instead of doing you a favor, they may be referring you to someone who doesn’t have your best interests at heart.
It’s not just unethical for a provider of immigration bail bonds services to attempt to refer you to another provider of services such as a lawyer — it’s also illegal. California is one of many states that bans bail bondsmen from referring clients to lawyers or other service providers. Bondsmen who are found guilty of doing this can face fines, a loss of their license or even jail time.
If you ever are in a situation where a bail bondsman offers to refer you to a “trusted” lawyer, this is a sign that you may not want to be working with this bondsman. Companies such as Escape Bail Bonds want to help you but we also do our work ethically and legally. We’ll do everything in our power to help you in your time of need.