CODE OF ETHICS
Oklahoma Bondsman Association Code of Ethics
Article 2. In justice to those who place their faith, confidence and interest in us, Bail Agents should endeavor constantly to be informed of current laws, proposed legislation, Governmental orders or regulations, and other significant information and public policies that may affect the interests of the client.
Article 3. Bail Agents should make a constant practice of full and complete disclosure to all parties, be they principal or indemnitor, of any and all possible liabilities, penalties, or detriments that may arise from their involvement in that particular undertaking which secures the release from custody of a person who is charged with a criminal offense.
Article 4. Bail Agents should not, prior to forfeiture or breach, arrest or surrender any principal unless the Agent can materially show good cause for such action. Such good cause should reasonably take the form of actions outlined in Title 59 of the Oklahoma Statutes.
Article 5. Bail Agents should supply all indemnitors to an undertaking with a true copy of any document representing a binding legal contract to which he or she is being committed.
Article 6. When an examination of the material factors of a potential undertaking reasonably convinces a Bail Agent that he or she will be unable to undertake that particular bail relationship, the Bail Agent should immediately inform all involved parties that he or she will not be able to secure the release of the defendant so that the defendant or his or her affiliates may promptly seek his or her release by other means.
Article 8. It is the duty of Bail Agents to protect the general public against misrepresentations or unethical business practices in the Bail industry. They should maintain only the highest ethical practices to uplift the dignity and integrity of the Bail industry.
Article 9. Bail Agents should not engage in activities that constitute the practice of law and should refrain from making comments and representations which may lead the public to believe that the Bail Agent is practicing law.
Article 11. Unless compelled to do so by law or by court order, Bail Agents should not divulge or disclose to any person or agency personal information regarding the principal or indemnitor of any undertaking that has not been forfeited or breached. The inherent right to privacy of the individual and the position of trust of the Bail Agent demand compliance with this concept.
(a) NOT attempt to regulate rates, restrict trade, or seek unfair advantage over fellow Bail Agents.
(b) NOT voluntarily disparage the business practices, actions, or transactions of fellow Bail Agents. In the event a Bail Agent is asked to render an opinion, he or she must do so in a professional and courteous manner.
(c) NOT withhold information regarding prospective clients if the information could cause harm or damage the business of a fellow Bail Agent.
Article 13. If a Bail Agent is charged with unethical business practices by a regulatory agency, the agent shall cooperate fully with the investigation, voluntarily providing all information necessary for investigation and judgment. The Bail Agent shall be provided adequate time to submit the requested information and is expected to comply within the allotted timeframe.