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Contract with bail bondsman

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What is the name of your state?What is the name of your state?Missouri

My son was arrested and I posted bond for him. The bail bondsmand said we could meet in a parking lot but she would go over things with me on the phone first. I asked her under what circumstances they would be able to take my house and what if any obligations would rest on me. I was told the only reason they would come after me was if he were to flee and could not be located. I agreed to meet in a parking lot at a set time. It was a very hot day and she was late. A woman arrived and said the the bondsman I was suppost to meet could not make it and she came in her place. I signed the contract but was not given a copy.
He missed a court date and they came and picked him up at the address he had given them. They did not have any trouble locating him. After she came and picked him up herself she called me and told me I owed 3000.00 for a recovery fee. I agued with her about this as this was not discussed on the phone. I asked her to send me a copy of the contract after 3 requests she sent me a copy. It stated that the parties would be responsible for any costs incurred in the recovery but she could not have incurred 3000.00 worth of expenses to drive to his house and pick him up. She came herself and got him.
He had already paid the 10% of the bond before this. The contract was notarized by the person I spoke with on the phone. Doesn't a notary have to wittness the signing? She was not present and no one asked to see any kind of ID. I'm not even sure if these are the same papers I signed. It was only me my youngest son who was over heated at the time from being left sitting so long waiting for the bondsman. The woman who met us said the bondsman was teaching her the ropes. She herself was not a bondsman. I feel this bondsman is trying to rip me off. Does anyone have any advise? Isn't it illegal for a notary to stamp something they did not wittness?

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