How Your Privacy Rights Apply to Bail Bondsmen

There are two ways in which your privacy rights apply to your bail bondsman.

First, you have the right to keep private anything that is not related to the charges being filed against you. This is also true for any other personal information that is not relevant at all to either the charges against you, or your financial capacity outside of the bail bond fee that you have to pay, and the collateral or additional security that a bail bondsman may require from you.

For instance, if the charges against you involve a DUI, a bail bondsman has no right to inquire about unrelated personal information such as how many children you have or how many times you were divorced.

And if you have already paid the bail bondsman’s fee, and provided the additional security or collateral that he requires, he has no right to inquire further into your financial capacity.

The second way in which your privacy right applies to your bail bondsman is that you have a reasonable expectation that he will not make public any personal information you provide him, such as what the charges against you are, what your financial capacity is, or your credit card information or bank account information.

While you may provide this information to the bail bondsman out of necessity, it does not mean that he is in a position to make this information public or to share it with others. Being a defendant in a criminal proceeding does not automatically strip you of any other rights you may enjoy, such as the right to Privacy.