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Oklahoman Q&A with Dudley Goolsby

Paula Burkes Q&A with Dudley Goolsby in the July 19 edition of The Oklahoman.

Q: What does a bail bondsman do?

A: A bail bondsman puts forth money or property as bail for the release of an accused person. A bondsman doesn’t directly release the accused from jail, but rather is paid a fee by an accused person or their family to post bail and ensure the accused appears for court. If the accused fails to appear for court, the bondsman works to locate, apprehend and return them to court. A bondsman also functions as a small-business owner, running their bail bond business within their own community and often using their own funds. All bondsmen in Oklahoma are licensed and regulated by the state Insurance Department.

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