Choosing the best Waterbury bail bonds
A bail bonds company, and the bail bondsmen who work for them, need to be fully authorized by the state of Connecticut in order to conduct business. A good place to start when looking for a Waterbury bail bonds agent is with friends, family and associates that may have had to use a bail bonds man in the past.
It is possible to look up the reviews for the Waterbury bail bonds near you to see who has good ratings from customers.
While money should not be your sole determinant it’s also important to make sure that you do not over pay.
Connecticut Bail reform changes Waterbury bail bonds
The Colorado Legislature recently made numerous changes to the states bail rules. Some of the main components of the changes are:
- Judges are no longer allowed to set cash only bail stipulations.
- Restricting judges from issuing bail for misdemeanors in most situations. They still have the choice to issue bail for flight risk suspects or those who have failed to appear in the past.
- The law also created a study to see the results of Waterbury bail bonds on poorer defendants who may have problems coming up with the bail.
- In cases involving minors the amount of time taken before re-evaluating bond conditions was reduced.
How the Connecticut bail system works
Waterbury bail bonds agents are allowed to charge up to 10% for bail bonds whose value does not exceed $5,000 and no more than 7% for bonds above $5,000.
It is important to know that the 10% fee that is charged is not refundable, this is how the bail companies make their money.
According to Connecticut General Statute 29-152f, any person who wants to have a business as a Waterbury bail bonds enforcement agent must first obtain a professional certification from the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection. CGS 29-152e states that “ No person shall, as surety on a bond in a criminal proceeding or as an agent of such surety, engage in the business of taking or attempting to take into custody the principal on the bond who has failed to appear in court and for whom a re-arrest warrant or capias has been issued pursuant to CGS 54-65a of the general statutes unless such person is licensed as a professional bondsmen under chapter 533 of the general statutes, a surety bail bond agent under chapter 700f of the general statutes, or a bail enforcement agent under CGS 29-152f to 29-152i, inclusive.”
This New Connecticut Law is meant to keep people from sitting in jail just because they are not able to afford bail.