Information You Should Gather Before Bailing Someone Out Of Jail


If you have received a call from a friend or family member that has been arrested, you may have agreed to help them out by posting bail for them. However, before you visit the bail bondsman, make sure you have the following information handy.

Personal Information about the Person 

Before you contact the bondsman, you need to have some basic information about the person for whom you are trying to post bail. The first bit of information you will need are basic facts such as their full name and birthdate.

You will also need the name of the place where they are being detained, as well as their booking number. When you speak with your friend or family member, ask them where they are being held. If they do not know their booking number, call the jail and ask to speak with someone who can give you that information.

Amount of Bail and Percentage Required

While you are getting the booking number from the jail, you should also ask at what price the bail is set. You will also need to know whether there is a minimum upfront percentage you can pay or if a full cash bond is required.

If the bail is a cash bond, you will need to pay the entire amount upfront. A full cash bond is often reserved for flight risks or more serious crimes. However, if this is the first time the individual has been arrested or the crime was a minor one, a percentage may be all that is needed to get them out.

Payment or Proof of Collateral

If a percentage of the bail is all that is required, you can set up the terms of bail with the bondsman. You may have two options, depending on the amount at which the bail is set.

One option is to pay the percentage required with cash. However, if even the percentage is more money than you have on hand, you can also put up something you own as collateral.

If you decide to put your paid-in-full vehicle or even your house up for collateral, you will need to find the title or deed. Then, when you visit the bondsman, you can use this proof of collateral instead of cash. However, keep in mind that if the person you are bailing out runs, you do stand to have a lien placed on your property and could even lose it.

Having the above information ready when you go to post bail can help speed up the process. If you have any further questions, speak with the bail bondsman you will be using to get your friend or family member out of jail.


21 September 2018

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