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Crime Pays - It Pays Me !

Updated on November 5, 2009
crime pays
crime pays


Before you get your panties in a bunch and thumb your noses up at the bail bonds agent , its worth mentioning that crime pays us as bail or surety agents AND police officers, prosecutors, clerks, public defenders, parole officers, correction officers, probation officers, judges and the rest of the criminal justice system. When you consider there were a total of 1,149,933 arrests in Florida in 2008 of which 1,031,627 were of adults and 118,306 were juveniles, you can get a better picture as to how that translates into big money churning throughout the criminal justice system. Criminals post bail, hire attorneys, enter supervised programs and pay court and supervision cost. Maybe these other professionals paycheck don’t come directly from the defendant but the whole system ties in together. It is one big wheel set into motion when a crime occurs. Somehow we all derive income from the perpetrators and their criminal activity. Without crime none of us would be employed. Not in this field anyway.


In a perfect world crime would be nonexistent but as the defective humans that we are many of us make poor choices because of greed, poverty, power, stupidity or just plain evil.

Justice Prevails
Justice Prevails

Service You Provide

Do I like what I do ? Absolutely ! Where else can you rub elbows with the shady character and the pillars of society alike and still come out smelling like roses. We provide a much needed service. We ease overcrowding of the jails. We help people bond out their families and keep tabs on defendants ensuring their appearance in court. We actively search for the ones adamantly opposed to making their court appearance. We provide revenue for the counties when our defendants don’t show. And on the occasion we might be let off the financial responsibility to the court because of some technicality, we still lose sleep and suffer the moral obligation to bring back the absconder. We corroborate fully with law enforcement to make sure they apprehend these fugitives and are brought back to face their day in court.

Everyone Loves a Bondsman

Everyone loves a trust worthy and honest bondsman, someone that will be at your beck and call when you need him/her. The poor and underprivileged , the upper echelon , the drug dealers, the wife beaters, the immigrants, the drunks, the rowdy party animals, the white collar criminal, the young and restless, the private attorneys, the public defenders all need a good bail agents number on their contacts list. You never really know when the unexpected might just happen to a client or a trusted friend.

Varied Duties

Bail Bonds provides for one interesting career. If you are hard working, can put aside your perceived judgments, are service oriented, friendly, have some common sense, and not mind being up at all hours of the day or night you might just make a good bail agent. A bail bondman wears different hats at different times and being able to change and adapt is certainly a needed and welcome trait in the bail industry. During the day you are the office professional politely answering phones and questions, qualifying and negotiating bonds, doing your share of administrative duties and computer work, posting bonds at the jail , meeting clients and completing paperwork or pulling files at the court house. At night you might be answering phones at all hours of the night or lurking in the dark geared up with ready handcuffs and pepper spray waiting for your skip to show up.

Eligibility and Education Requirements

Here is what you need to know to enter this ever crazy and exciting field.

1. To become a Bail Bondsman in Florida you must first meet certain eligibility requirements.

You must be a bonafide resident of the State
You must be at least 18 years of age
You must not have been convicted of a felony
You must not have filed for bankruptcy

2.  Once you know you are eligible you may continue signing up for the two educational requirements.

120 Hour Basic Certification Course
which is offered through Florida Bail Bond School at or other similar school

Correspondence Course INS3 Bail and Bail Bond Insurance in Florida
offered through the University of Florida at

Both required courses offer most of the same material and can be done simultaneously. They discuss bail governing rules and regulations and familiarize you with bail terms and Florida statutes . The 120 hour class includes classes, materials, books, and presents speakers on related topics, a hand cuff procedures class and optional shooting range with concealed weapon licensing class.

Upon completion of both courses you will earn a temporary limited surety agent license that allows you to work as temp agent under the supervision of a licensed surety agent and agency. You must find someone willing to sponsor you and work 40 hours a week for a year to complete the year internship successfully . Limited duties will apply during this period and will serve to prepare you with the basic knowledge needed to sit for and pass the State Exam and ultimately earn your Florida Surety Agent License or as commonly known bail bond license.

Further requirements to remain in compliance and retain your license will be for you to take Continuous Education Courses. You will need 14 Hours every 2 years on complimentary issues and changes in bail rules, regulation and law.

Operating a Bail Bond Business

  Bail is a complicated subject matter and learning every aspect of the business and how to operate one requires hand on experience that can only be had with time and experience. Anyone can be taught how to fill out the bond forms properly and drop them off at a detention facility but it takes some negotiating skills, tact, smarts and creativity to get through the sticky part of the business. How much you can make is dependant on your abilities, your business sense, your tolerance for risk , and your work ethics. Like with every other business you can get out of it as much as you are willing to put into it. Personally I know very wealthy bondsmen and also know the starving kind. The potential is there to become successful but a wide array of skills must first be fine tuned to achieve this. Continuously learning after getting your bail license is key. Signing up for courses in business management, accounting and investigating techniques go a long way in helping to operate the business and thus increase your chances for success.

It is also worth mentioning that honesty will set you apart in this business. I’ve heard plenty of clients recount their first impression of a bondsman being a man hanging out around the court house in a dark cloak and sunglasses. If you find a guy fitting this profile hanging around the courtroom or detention facility soliciting bail , he’s probably not licensed. For every legitimate and professional bondsman there is a shady character soliciting for one. They act like ambulance chasers . Waiting for someone’s tragedy to pounce and solicit a bond. This behavior is unethical and illegal. Although they might get away with this for awhile most certainly their bail career will be short lived.


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    • Bail Up ! profile image

      Bail Up ! 7 years ago

      Nate Sean

      Crimes shifts in a down economy. For example drug use is down but thefts and burglaries go up. People are even too broke to do recreatioanl drugs, the drug dealers suffer and switch their M.O. They find other crimes to do such as auto buglaries. Strange but true.

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      NateSean 7 years ago from Salem, MA

      It's probably one of the only instances where an increase in crime can actually help the economy.

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      Bail Up ! 7 years ago

      Nikki Bonds

      Even bail is slow right now. It is tough finding a sponsor for internship. Just finish the licensing process and show up at different bonding agencies with license in hand. It's all about timing. Hopefully someone will need a good agent then. Persistence will pay off :)

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      Nikki Bonds 7 years ago

      I just finished all the requirements in florida at HCC in Tampa but I am having a difficult time finding an internship in fort myers, ready to move my familt somewhere to get an internship soon so I can fulfill my 12mth internship requirement. Any insite or advise you could pass down to me please.


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      NateSean 7 years ago from Salem, MA

      I might wind up dog food before I became the Dog. ;)

      But a state ID is doable. If can't finagle this fortune telling lisence I'm thinking move down south to get away from all of this winter weather.

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      Bail Up ! 7 years ago


      You need a state ID for identification purposes but I do not believe a DL is required. Sounds like you would be a good candidate. You never know, you could be the next "DOG".

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      NateSean 7 years ago from Salem, MA

      Don't forget, Dog also has an office in Colorado. That's quite a bit of space to lose a fugitive in.

      Still, it's interesting to read the eligibility requirements. Are you required to have a driver's lisence? Because if not, then I could always work with someone who drives and that would be my "partner" as it were.

      But I am very procedure oriented. I also remember minute details that other people overlook, which could be useful in the field.

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      Bail Up ! 7 years ago


      Maybe. I imagine "Dog" has plenty frequent flyer miles racked up just island hopping between those six Hawaiian islands. He certainly has a great tan! Thanks for passing thru nifty.

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      nifty@50 7 years ago

      I always thought that "Dog" the bounty hunter was very smart to run his Bonding agency on an island (Hawaii), much easier to track bond jumpers on an island than stateside. Great hub!

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      Bail Up ! 8 years ago


      Call your local agencies and see what the interest in hiring is. You might get lucky. Being knowledgeable about the field and speaking the language and/or having previous criminal justice experience will certainly help.

      You can always start off in a different position at the agency. Once they see your work ethics and enthusiasm they will most likely ask that you get licensed. Good luck.

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      guest12345 8 years ago

      How would you recommend getting a person to let you intern under them???

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      Bail Up ! 8 years ago

      TravelMan -

      Yes sir, it pays the bills. The best part is no two days are ever the same.

      You are welcome - Thanks for reading and Merry Christmas to you.

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      Ireno Alcala 8 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      A bail bondsman?! Wow, it's a heck of job. Thanks for this hub.

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      Bail Up ! 8 years ago

      Hi dohn121

      glad to provide a bit of what I know. In past years the process was fairly ease, now a days it's a pretty well regulated field - to weed out the undesirables. always good to hear from you.

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Wow, you really gave us a lot of advice concerning becoming a bail bondsman. Thank for that! I had no idea that the process was so stringent!

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      Bail Up ! 8 years ago

      Thanks wrenfrost56

      I know before I actually started working as one, I had no idea either. Good thing though - that means we never needed one :)

    • wrenfrost56 profile image

      wrenfrost56 8 years ago from U.K.

      Good hub, full of information. I had no idea what a bail bond was until now, learn something everyday.

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      Bail Up ! 8 years ago


      Could be dangerous at times - Common sense and precaution goes along way in keeping us safe. Thanks for visiting.

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      vrajavala 8 years ago from Port St. Lucie

      could be a dangerous profession

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      Bail Up ! 8 years ago

      Thank you breakfastpop. You ring I spring!

      Appreciate you stopping by.

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      breakfastpop 8 years ago

      Fascinating hub. I have to say you have quite an amazing profession!

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      Bail Up ! 8 years ago


      I think you hit the nail on the head when you say to be good at something, in this case "one's job" you have to like it. I am fortunate to have a job in this field. Thanks for the compliment. My pleasure to bring to you.

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      Alfreta Sailor 8 years ago from Southern California

      It's a rare thing these days to have a job and enjoy it. Most people just work to make ends meet, giving no real thought to the service they are providing, ergo, not being able to enjoy what they do. You are very fortunate to be among the few that find enjoyment. And owning to the fact that you enjoy it, you must be good at your job, that's part of what it takes to do a good job. Great hub. Thanks for giving us the skinny on your chosen profession

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      Bail Up ! 8 years ago


      I do enjoy my job and always try to help one in need. Thank you for pointing that out.

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      Godslittlechild 8 years ago

      Everyone has a job to do and this one is yours. If you enjoy it and can help someone along the way, all the better!

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      Bail Up ! 8 years ago


      Thanks for stopping by and your comment. Always appreciate it.

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      benny Faye Douglass 8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you for a well written and informative hub, thank you for sharing it. Creativeone59


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