Most people don’t give bail bonds any consideration until they or someone they love is put under arrest. At that point, they may have many questions about the bonding process, bail and what type of resources are available to help them get through this difficulty. They may also be concerned about the costs that are associated with it as well. This brief overview will help you to see some of the possibilities.
It is important for you to have all of the information together before you contact anybody about posting bail. That would include knowing why the individual was in custody, the location where they are in custody, their full name and booking number and the amount of the bail. The bail amount can be provided by the jail if you do not know it. After the bail amount is known, the bondsman can review the regulations and the specific costs associated with getting the person out of jail.
As far as resources for posting bail, you have a number of different choices open to you. The first, and typically most often used resource is going to be a bondsman. They will pledge property or money to use as bail and act as a surety in that regard. If possible, you may consider posting cash for the amount of the bail directly with the jail or court or you can use real property for that purpose. In some cases, the judge should also be persuaded to allow the individual to go on their own recognizance.
One important consideration for posting bail is that it is best if the person gets out of jail as quickly as possible. This can be beneficial for a number of different reasons. There may be appointments that are necessary to keep during that time and an individual is more likely to keep their job if they are available to show up for work in the morning. Finally, it could help with the hearing, because walking into court is always going to appear better than being brought in.
Some resources for bail bonds may be free, but they are not always going to be the best choice for every need. It is always a good idea to check around, not only for the specific prices that are charged by the bondsman but also for their reputation and their track record for getting people out of jail.