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Can a Felon Become a Bondsman?

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Have you always wanted to become a bondsman but you’re not really sure if it’s the right career choice with your criminal background? When imprisonment ends, felons will have a hard time integrating back to society. That is not the only challenge they’ll face. In order to become productive and meaningful members of society, getting a job is necessary. The problem is not a lot of people will be willing to hire ex-convicts. This begs the question, can a felon become a bondsman? This a grey area because of the regulations in place in most states.

Who is a Bondsman?

A bondsman will post bail on behalf of the defendant. They’ll use their own personal resources to cover the costs. In return, the defendant is supposed to pay a percentage of the bail amount in order to secure release. There are skills that are required for a bondsman to be successful. They include the following:

Good Communication

Your clients will be depending on you to guide them through the whole process of posting bail. That means they’ll be having a lot of questions. Excellent communication is key given the nature of the job. You can check out reputable companies such as Connecticut Bail Bonds Group if you’d like to learn about the essence of good communication in the industry.

Knowledge of Bail Laws

Bail laws can be complex to understand for someone that is just starting out. If you put in the work, there is no reason why you shouldn’t master such laws.  You also get better the more you go through the process. Once you get immersed in the job, you’ll find that it is easy to point out the limitations and restrictions with every type of case when it comes to bail.


It’s understandable that you might have had a questionable past but getting out of jail provides the opportunity to start afresh. When someone is looking for a bail bondsman, there is a high likelihood that they’re in trouble. Having been through the same or even worse, you’ll be well aware of the importance of having a good reputation. Since it will be a chance to redeem yourself, having a stellar reputation.

Having looked at the qualities of a bondsman, you’ll be asking yourself the steps that are needed in order to qualify for such a position.

Research on the State’s Bail Bond Policy

Not all states allow for private bail bondsmen to operate. If you’re in such a state, you might want to look for a job with one of the bail bonds companies. Most such companies will be accommodating even to felons. You also want to find out as much as possible about the requirements of being a bail bondsman in your state as it will vary from one jurisdiction to another. There are states that don’t allow felons to be bondsmen. It is crucial to find out such information so that you’re not committing to an impossible course.

Complete the Licensing Courses

Depending on the state you live in, there might be some pre-licensing courses that are required before you’re allowed to operate as a bondsman. The purpose of such courses to help with the preparation of the main license exam. The licensing exam will take around an hour but this will also depend on the state.

Joining or Start Your Own Company

Before thinking of starting your own company, it’s usually recommended that you’re gaining experience first. That’s why it makes more sense to look for a job. You’ll need to be upfront and honest about your criminal record. Trying to hide it will mean that you’re off to a bad start. This will be the last thing you need when you’re trying to get back on your feet after incarceration. Once you’ve established yourself, it’s important that you invest in continuous education as you can never know when better opportunities could arise.

To Sum it Up

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Just because you’re a felon doesn’t mean that you should give up on your dream of becoming a bail bondsman. For a felon, there will be regulatory factors that come into play in most states.  For friends and family, it’s important that you’re supporting felons to get back on their feet. They’ve paid their dues and there is nothing wrong with starting afresh. A felon has the right to state they’ve not been convicted in case they’ve had the case expunged. Do research on what is needed and the requirements in your state.

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