Bail Bond Agents Get Little Rest

Bail bondsmen and women who work in Blount County find that sleep is at a premium in their business. Owners and agents claim they are lucky to get an hour’s sleep on any given day. They are often on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Andy Baggenstoss, owner of AAA Bail Bonds says, “For an agent, uncertainty would come to mind, especially after working long hours. A normal worker is done and off the clock, but bonding agents are not employees, they are subcontractors. After 5PM with your family at home, you hope the phone doesn’t ring.”

At the same time, he acknowledges that the ringing phone often represents business and an opportunity to help. “When I have the opportunity to go to jail and bond someone out, they are distraught, upset and scared, and you have an opportunity to exemplify professionalism and some compassion.”

Baggenstoss followed his father into the business. He started while in college, working 12 hour shifts. He says that there are 2 ways for a person to establish a bail bonds business: put up your own property or money as collateral, or obtain ‘qualifying power of attorney’ status via an insurance company. In addition, agents in Tennessee must not have had any bankruptcies, no felonies and an affidavit to prove they are not a police officer or a judge.



Posted on June 24, 2014 at 10:00 AM