Choosing the best Connecticut bail bonds
A bail bonds company, and the bail bondsmen who work for them, must be fully certified by the state of Connecticut in order to conduct business. A good place to start when looking for a Connecticut bail bonds agent is with friends, family and acquaintances that may have had to use a bail bonds man in the past.
You can also look up the reviews for the Connecticut bail bonds near you to see who has good reviews 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 Connecticut bail bonds
The Colorado Legislature recently made numerous changes to the states bail practices. Some of the main components of the amendments are:
- Judges are no longer allowed to set cash only bail stipulations.
- Restricting judges from setting bail for misdemeanors in most situations. Judges still have the option to request bail for flight risk suspects or those with a record of failure to appear.
- The law also established a study to see the results of Connecticut bail bonds on poorer defendants who may not ne capable of coming up with the bail.
- When it comes to cases concerning minors the amount of time taken before re-evaluating bond conditions was reduced.
How the Connecticut bail system works
Connecticut bail bonds agents may 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 essential to know that the 10% fee that is charged is non-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 Connecticut bail bonds enforcement agent must first obtain a specialized license 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 being jailed just because they are poor.