Budget Bail Bond Agency
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What is Bail?
Bail, guaranteed by the 8th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, insures the Court that a criminal defendant will appear for trial.
What does a bail Agent/Producer do?
A bail bond is a surety bond, a guarantee to the court that a defendant who has been released on a bail bond prior to trial appears in court. If the defendant fails to appear, the surety bail agency is responsible, and required, to pay the full amount of the bail bond as a civil penalty for failing to fulfill his obligation. Defendants released on a bail bond must appear in the proper court, at the proper time, each and every time they are called upon to do so until the case has concluded and the defendant has been sentenced or the charges dismissed. If the defendant does not appear, it’s the surety bail agency’s responsibility to either return the defendant to custody or, as a penalty, pay the forfeiture of the bond to the court. That is why a bail bond is also known as an appearance bond. The surety bail agency and the insurance company they represent guarantee the appearance of the defendant as ordered by the court. The commercial bail system is the best form of insuring that a criminal defendant is returned to court, thus insuring the victims of crime their right to justice.
The first step is for you, the prospective bail Agent/Producer, to take an examination and evaluation of market conditions for bail in your area. You might talk to the Police officers and Sheriff’s deputies you know and see what they think your potential for success will be for you writing bail in your area. A solid working relationship with local law enforcement is strongly recommended. Building an honest, respectful relationship with law enforcement, prosecuting attorneys and judges is crucial. After all, the surety bail Agent/Producer plays an important role in the criminal justice system. A question you need to answer is how many people go to jail, and of those, how many actually post bail bonds as opposed to being released on their own recognizance or some other court program
There are four states that do not have commercial bail; they are Illinois, Kentucky, Oregon and Wisconsin. And there are other places where they have very little commercial bail, such as Maine, Massachusetts, and Nebraska.
How to become licensed:
In Michigan, and most other states, surety bail Agents/Producers are licensed by the Department of Insurance. There is not always a specific license for surety bail Agents/Producers. In Michigan, the license required to write bail will be a limited lines property & casualty insurance license. However, most states require a specific Bail Agent/Producer license.
You will need to know the licensing standards and education requirements in your state. Many states prohibit felons from being licensed as surety bail Agents/Producers. Budget Bail Bond Agency will provide you with instructions on how to obtain a license in your state and, when appropriate, provide you with Department of Insurance forms you need to apply, as well as help you with any other requirements such as locating study materials or pre-licensing classes, fingerprints, background checks, personal references, photographs, etc.
To start the process, a link to an application has been placed on this website for your convenience. If you are interested in learning more about how Budget Bail Bond Agency can help you to become a professional bail bond Agent/Producer, please read on as we address frequently asked questions.
Do I have to have experience to become a bail bond Agent/Producer for Budget Bail Bond Agency?
While Budget Bail Bond Agency certainly welcomes experienced bail Agents/Producers, it also welcomes the licensed bail Agent/Producer who is just starting his or her career in bail. With more than 25 years of experience managing bail Agents/Producers, Eugene Butler, Managing Producer with Budget Bail Bond Agency, has everything in place to assure the success of newly licensed bail Agents/Producers. Budget Bail Bond Agency’s management team is well trained and well-equipped to advise the newly licensed bail Agent/Producer on how to get started. There are a lot of details in starting as a bail bond Agent/Producer and becoming profitable. We are there to help you every step of the way.
What qualifies a bail Agent/Producer to become a Budget Bail Bond Agency representative?
Budget Bail Bond Agency carefully selects bail Agents/Producers with the goal of providing quality service to the agency, jails, courts, and to the public. Budget Bail Bond Agency's bail Agents/Producers are professionals who uphold the highest standard of the bail industry. Budget Bail Bond Agency bail Agents/Producers come from all walks of life. Some are second generation bail Agents/Producers carrying on their family businesses. Others come from a law enforcement background, some from insurance or sales backgrounds. Regardless of their background, each is chosen because of their commitment to hard work, honesty, integrity, financial stability and business experience in bail as well as other professions. Budget Bail Bond Agency does not accept bail Agents/Producers who have a felony criminal background.
What are the advantages of representing Budget Bail Bond Agency as a licensed bail Agent/Producer?
Bail is Eugene Butler’s core business and has been for over 25 years. We know how to efficiently underwrite bail to produce the most business that falls within our risk tolerance. Budget Bail Bond Agency is an Agent/Producer-oriented bail underwriter.
Budget Bail Bond Agency and its Agents/Producers are available 7 days a week to service its bail clients. Agents/Producers will never find themselves scrambling powers of attorney or bond authorizations. Budget Bail Bond Agency’s reputation for service, honesty, leadership and integrity is unmatched in the bail industry.
Budget Bail Bond Agency's services:
Services provided by experienced staff and bail Agents/Producers in the Budget Bail Bond Agency administrative office
Underwriting decisions made in minutes once all underwriting data has been received - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Assistance in collateralizing any bail bond, any time
Powers usually replaced with in 24 Hours when complete files and deposits are received during business week
Free computer background checks for underwriting and fugitive location
No hidden charges or special fees
Free assistance with marketing problems and other challenges
Quick licensing and Agent/Producer appointments
Free new Agent/Producer training and periodic training seminars in various aspects of the bail bond industry
Budget Bail Bond Agency, LLC’s Managing Director, Eugene Butler, is an industry leader on the national, state and local levels.
We know that representing the best interests of the bail Agents/Producers is important to the industry's success and prosperity. Eugene Butler is a Life Member and has served on the Board of Directors of the Professional Bail Agents of the United States and is an associate member of the Michigan Sheriff's Association, and other state bail associations. Budget Bail Bond Agency has a proud history as a financially responsible company. Budget Bail Bond Agency has an unblemished record regarding the management of its Agents/Producers. The company's long history in the business provides the needed stability for a bail Agent/Producer to excel in their market.
Budget Bail Bond Agency is actively seeking bail Agent/Producers who want the peace of mind of working with a stable, financially sound, experienced bail insurance agency. If that sounds like you, please complete the attached bail agency application and mail it to us at once to start the qualification process.
What is a Bail Producer?
Eugene Butler, Managing Producer