Helping A Friend Get Out Of Jail: What To Know

Posted on: 6 July 2023

If you want to help someone who is in jail obtain a bail bond, here are some steps you can take. Read on to find out more.

Gather information 

Obtain all the necessary information about the defendant, including their full name, date of birth, and the jail where they are being held. This information will be needed when contacting a bail bond agency. If your friend knows how much their bail will be, the bail agent can tell you how much the bail bond will cost. It should be noted that the amount paid for a bail bond is only a small percentage of the full cost of the bail. 

Research bail bond agencies:

Look for reputable bail bond agencies in the same area where the defendant is being held. Check their reviews, licenses, and experience to ensure you are working with a reliable and trustworthy agency. If you have questions, give them a call.

Contact bail bond agencies

Reach out to different bail bond agencies and inquire about their services, fees, and the process involved. Provide them with the relevant information about the defendant and ask any questions you may have. Learn more about their location, parking details, and forms of payment they accept.

Provide collateral or payment

Bail bond agencies typically require collateral or payment to secure the bond. Collateral can include real estate, vehicles, or almost anything of value. Should the defendant not appear in court, the collateral is used, in some cases, the bail owed to the court. Alternatively, some agencies may accept payment plans or credit card payments. Be prepared to provide the necessary collateral or payment as required.

Review and sign the bail bond agreement 

Take some time to review the terms and conditions of the bail bond agreement before you sign it and ask questions if you are unsure of any provision. Ensure you understand your responsibilities and obligations, as well as the consequences of non-compliance. In most cases, you will be known as the cosigner. In many cases, you will be required to bring the defendant back to the bail agency to sign further paperwork.

Work with the bail bond agency 

Coordinate with the bail bond agency to complete the necessary paperwork and procedures. At the time, you may be asked for additional documentation and quick compliance is best.

Support the defendant's compliance 

Encourage the defendant to fulfill their obligations, such as attending all court hearings as required. Remind them of the importance of complying with the conditions set by the court and the bail bond agreement.

Speak to a bail bondsman to learn more.