Know Your Rights
As you may have heard, the Department of Commerce has been working with Patti Goldberg and Joan Theiman to enact new rules and regulations for the bail bonds industry in Minneapolis. Being the oldest and largest company, with the fewest rates of solicitation or complaints, we got a seat at the table to discuss how we can work together to better regulate the “Wild West” scare tactics of some of the other companies. Over the next few months, we want to walk you through the do’s and do not’s under these new regulations.
To start out, we wanted to talk about solicitation. If you are called by a bail bond company with whom you have never worked, and who do not know accurate information about you or someone you might know in custody, get their: name, phone number, and company name. You may need to file a complaint to the Department of Commerce. Bondsman are no longer supposed to call anyone after solicitation hours, unless directed to by a friend or family member in custody. Often times, bondmen pretend to have spoken to your loved one in custody. Companies have the software to see which friends and family the defendant would likely call. Make sure to call another company to verify that the defendant is in jail.
Next, make sure the attorney they are referring you is not working for a kick-back. A lot of the same companies working to solicit your hard earned money, are willing to work with attorneys who will do the same thing. Please call us at 612-333-8111, or submit an email to us (http://goldbergbonding.com/minneapolis-hennepin-county/), so that we can tell you your options. If an attorney comes to visit you in the jail, unsolicited, but saying your “family” sent you, ask them specifics. Do they know your son or daughter? What number or time did they call? Confirm with your family before signing your retainer agreement.
These are your hard earned dollars, and your reputation on the line. Do not get swindled. Work with the Department of Commerce and Goldberg Bail Bonds to get our industry back on track, helping the families who need it!
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