Unfortunately there have been numerous reports of unethical bail bond practices among deceptive bail agents and unlicensed individuals posing as bail agents. DNA Bail Bonds hopes to educate our potential clients to the scams within our profession.
Bait & Switch Scam-Deceptive Bail Agents are marketing discounted or lower bond fees to the general public to attract your attention. In most cases, individuals do not take the time to fully read what they are signing; therefore the deceptive bail agent has you sign documents which don't depict the rates verbally discussed. The rate you thought sounded good is not transposed to paper. This causes the agent to contact you later saying you owe their company money and the end result is, a contract was signed therefore legally you owe the written amount or your loved one will be returned to jail.
At DNA Bail Bonds we will NEVER deceive our clients! What we quote you is what you pay! If a payment arrangement is made, a Memorandum of Agreement is signed showing what amount was charged, what we deferred and what you owe by dates and the amounts.
Unlicensed Agents-The newest scam is incarcerated individuals give newly incarcerated individuals a phone number to call from inside the jail. Once this individual contacts the alleged bail agent, the bail agent claims to give the lowest rate, contacts the inmates family, arranges to have the family meet for paperwork, accepts the money, does NOT give a receipt or a business card and then says he/she is proceeding to the jail and/or magistrate's office to release their loved one, all along "disappears" leaving the family/friends with lost money, loved one still incarcerated and a trip to the police department to report the crime. This causes a lot of unnecessary stress during an already stressful time! We personally know of a family (who has generally used our services) who went through this... thinking they were going to save a few dollars; they ended up losing $2,000.00! Check out our Customer Bill of Rights For Your Protection.
Any individuals standing on a street corner, soliciting for business isn't the safest Bail Agent or individual to hire. Always seek individuals who are reputable, don't mind showing you a North Carolina Bail Agent License; possibly have hone book advertising or an office location.
FEES-BAIL BOND FEES ARE SET BY LAW! In North Carolina, like most states, the cost of a bail bond is set by law. As a consumer, you should know the maximum fee set in North Carolina for a bail bond is 15% of the full face value of the bond amount. For example, if the full bail amount is $1,000.00, your cost is $150.00. There should not be any hidden fees, expenses or taxes from the bail bond company.
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Address312 E. Market Street
Smithfield, NC 27577
Bail Bond Customer Bill of Rights
- All customers have the right to ask to see a Bail Agents state issued license.
- All customers have a right to know that the highest amount a Bail Agent can charge in the State of North Carolina is 15% of the full value of the bond. Any other monies collected is considered collateral and must be returned upon dismissal of the case.
- All customers have a right to have the bail bond process fully explained to them.
- All customers have the right to understand their bail bond indemnitor (co-signor) responsibilities.
- All customers are entitled to receive copies of all documents relating to their bail bond.
- All customers have a right to work with a licensed bondsman who represents themselves professionally.