Ken Boyer Bail Bondsman / Revocation of Bond
Lawyers in Oklahoma City say... DON'T USE KEN BOYER.
My ex was arrested last year for actual physical control (APC) of a vehicle. His fault. I get that.
He used Ken Boyer Bail Bonds get him out. $300 down for a $3000 bond. Fair enough.
His instructions were to check in each time he went to court and make payments as scheduled.
I took him to court in late April 2009. Afterwards, when he went to check in at Ken Boyer, a dirty disheveled bondsman demanded a $110 payment or else they would take him back to jail. No problem.
I was waiting in the car. Bondsman came out and very angrily motioned me into the building. He wanted to know if I had the money. I informed him that I did not, but could arrange to have my father loan my ex the $110 via a check on his business. He agreed this would be sufficient and I stepped outside to call and make sure it would be okay.
I confirmed this would be fine, and went back in the building. It had not even been five minutes. The bondsman informed me that he had "changed his mind" and was taking my ex to jail because he was a "flight risk." The reasoning? He was staying at a motel and had not checked in since October of the year prior.
Both of these reasons are inaccurate.
First of all, my ex is not homeless. He is Native American and his tribe is paying to move him into an apartment... but because of tribal red tape, they had been paying for him to stay in a motel until all the paperwork was process and the check had been written to the apartment complex.
Secondly, the bondsman lied about him not checking in.
He had been to court appearances twice in 2009. I took him both times. Each time, after court, I dropped him by Ken Boyer to "check in".
None of this mattered.
Ex's law office got on the phone with the bail bondsman trying to explain all of this, but it did not matter.
First complaint is that the bondsman broke a verbal agreement. He asked me for $110 to keep my ex out of jail, and I spent less than five minutes coordinating that before giving the "Yes". However, in that small timeframe, the bondsman arbitrarily decided to change his mind and revoke the bond based on a living situation that he had no intention of trying to understand, and based on inaccurate information about how often he checked in.
Ken Boyer does not honor what its own staff members say. They do not work with their clients and don't seem to care if they get their money or not.
Second complaint is more broad. My ex's law office says that nobody in the legal profession recommends Ken Boyer because they have a reputation of revoking bonds at the drop of a hat, for any and all small reasons.
Think I am biased in making this complaint? Think this complaint is unfair? My ex's lawyer told me to visit any other bail bondsman across the street from the jail... and mention the name "Ken Boyer", and I could get a new bond written in an instant to get him back out of jail.
Sure enough, the first bondsman I went to wrote a new bond based on my story.
Seems Ken Boyer has a pretty bad name in Oklahoma City, in the bonding and legal profession.
From my own personal experience, though, the staff does not honor its agreements (that THEY propose themselves), are very unprofessional, rude, vulgar and inappropriately dressed.
I KNOW a bondsman can revoke a bail bond for any reason. There's nothing illegal here.
This complaint is simply regarding, unethical, unprofessional business practices that cost the client money and waste hours of valuable time.
Do not work with this company. Use one of the bondsmen across the street from the jail.