A bail bondsman, bond agent, bail bondsman, or bail bonds broker is an individual, company, or organization that will act as the surety and pledge property or money in order to guarantee the appearance of the defendant at court on the date of trial. The bail bondsman is usually a person who is employed as an employee of the state; the bondsman is not allowed to have a direct financial stake in the case. They are usually employed by the state to be able to have more control over the proceedings and they are paid by the state if they were successful in their mission. You may find more details about this at Connecticut Bail Bonds Group
Before the bail bondsman can be hired by the state, they have to be licensed and bonded. Most states require bondsmen to be bonded as part of the requirements for bail bondsmen. In order to become bonded, you will have to take a number of courses and pass examinations to get your license. After you get your license you will need to be bonded in order to practice as a bail bondsman.
Bonding will require the bonding agent to show proof of financial stability. This will be an appraisal of your assets that are agreed upon by both the parties involved. If a financial crisis comes up and there is not enough cash for the bondsman to do his job then it may be necessary to have the bondsman foreclose on his collateral or sell it to the state.
Bondsmen also must be able to give a detailed description of what they can do for the person. They also must be able to explain in detail the charges the state will have to deal with. Sometimes the charges involve fines and/or probation. Sometimes the charges involve incarceration. The state has certain rules and regulations when it comes to what charges are included in the bail bond.
There are some states that have very few requirements for a bail bondsmen and they are often exempt from some types of reporting requirements. Some states do require bail bondsmen to do background checks and submit to background checks in order to be allowed to work in their state. Other states only require that the bail bondsmen submit to a drug testing and a mental evaluation. Any state that requires a mental evaluation is probably going to require you to have one or more mental health professionals evaluate you before they will allow you to operate as a bail bondsman in that state. If the state has the option of paying for your treatment, then it would be best to consider that option first.