What is bail?
Bail money is the court’s way of resting assured that the arrested person will show up to all of their required court appearances.
Who can post bail for me?
The person who posts bail on behalf of someone, takes full responsibility for that person to appear in court. The person posting bail can be yourself, someone over 18 years of age, or a bail bondsman. If you do not show up for your court appearances after posting bail, a warrant will immediately be issued for your arrest.
What information should I have before I contact the bail agent?
1. Where is the person in custody? You need to know the City, State, and name of the jail in which the person is located. If the bond amount is known, this information is also needed.
2. What is the full name and booking number of the person in jail? Make sure that you have the person in custody’s booking number. The bail bondsman needs this information in order to contact the jail.
3. How much is the bail? Bail costs are usually pre-set by the courts. Certain offenses may require a hearing in front of a judge before release is allowed, or require a petition to the court to receive a bail amount.
What requirements are there for posting a bond?
You must have a stable job and residence. Different requirements are based on the amount of the bond.
When I bond someone out, what exactly am I responsible for?
When you bail someone out, you are responsible for their attendance at their scheduled court appearances. If the person does not show up for court, a warrant is made for that person’s arrest. An investigation is started to find that person, and if that person can not be located with in 60 days, the full amount of the bond is due.