Randy Feldman 0000-00-00 00:00:00
The Valley of the Sun employs the second highest (closing in on Southern, CA) number of attorneys per capita in the nation. In these larger metropolitan areas it is not uncommon for criminal defense lawyers and bail bonding agencies to act as bilateral liaisons. Nevertheless, it’s widely unrecognized and critical in the longstanding success within their parallel industries. Many criminal defense attorneys will communicate outside-of- business-hours availability to new prospects. As bonding agencies, attorneys understand that denying access will lead prospects to obtain an alternative provider. If an arrested client contacted you in the midst of your resting hours, you wouldn’t explain to your client that you are not familiar with a particular bail bondsman. Why would you impose unnecessary risk on your law firm and your client by using a search engine or local yellow book rolodex to avoid any embarrassment? Any business referral that is made by an attorney is direct reflection of that attorney, partners and their practice. If an attorney recommends a bail bonding agent who isn’t reputable, unfamiliar with a particular jail system or delivers substandard performance, the defendant will rightfully question that attorney’s judgment. A quality bonding agent will offer many incidentals for attorneys and clients. For example, inherently being present for bail and Nebia hearings, emergency services, payment plans, defendant transportation from jail and/or court appearances, and a multitude of others. Exceptional law firms and attorneys should be co-functioning aside an adapted bonding agency with systematized resources for completing inordinate (exceeding $100,000) bond approvals. Bondsmen who haven’t built a reputation in the industry may find more demands placed on their clients for even smaller bonds, in the way of collateral requirements and additional cosigners. Similar to any insurance, you indulge in theory that you will never need your bondsman. However, when you do, you and your client will be relieved that you are very well prepared. Additionally, bonding agents are conscious that providing readily available and progressive attorney referrals may guarantee a number of deals as well. Defendants will often endure an on-rush of emotions, thoughts, alarms and questions when they are arrested. Naturally, 4 out of 5 instances, clients are more appropriately concerned with being released from jail (in order to return to family, peers, loved ones and employment), before procuring, and even preparing for a proper defense of their charges. After release is accomplished with a bail bonding agent, clients often confide and turn to that agency for a legal referral. A “bed-side manner” of the lawyer who is recommended by the bondsman is equally important for ensuring long-term sustainability and success of the bonding business. Bonding agents are primarily at the coal face with multiple facets of law enforcement. Their contact value is an important point of strategy, which any lawyer should by no means overlook. Any alliances within a police department, courtroom or holding cell that can assist to release their client much faster, will restore confidence and encourage following through with all court requirements by many clients. That contact, when successful, will elevate a lawyer to a redeemed status. Bondsmen see a considerable number of cyclical clients and situations with a parade of lawyers, hence in a ‘street sense,’ they appear to have the most beneficial information to provide defendants, whether they veritably possess it or not. A key reason, more law firms should be as heavily concentrated on the customer service and referral approach, as contemporary bonding agents. Building reputable affiliations between a law firm and bonding agency will continue to prove beneficial for all parties; the client, lawyer, bondsman and respectively, the judge, who will correlate a pattern within hundreds and sometimes thousands of cases per month in their courtroom. The benefits of both law firms and bonding agencies cooperating closely are far too compelling to ignore in an increasingly competitive climate. Implications of “friends with benefits” in this industry poses many legal ramifications by suggesting unlawful kickbacks or referral fees. In point of fact, this widely recognized urban term is referring to the safe relationship between two parties, that mimics a real partnership, but is void of any contract..
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