When it comes to getting arrested, especially if you have never had the experience previously, will first and foremost, put all your thought into how to get released. While there are some aspects that are unfortunately out of the defendant’s control such as how long the booking takes and when the bond hearing will occur, but there are still some things that can be done on the back end to help get you or your loved one out faster. Here are the main actions to take:
Have all the basic information ready and waiting
When someone contacts a bail bond agency, they will need some key pieces of information to start an application. If you are able to gather this information ahead of time, it can give them time to prepare the paperwork while everything else is getting worked out which means the defendant can be released quicker. They will ask you for contact information such as name, address, phone number as well as booking number, and where the defendant is being held at. In addition to this, you will need to know what the charges are if they have any previous arrests to their record and the cost that bond was set at.
Find a bail bondsman in close proximity
One of the biggest ways to really make a difference in the amount of time you will spend in jail is by picking a bail bond agency that is physically nearby the place you or your loved one is being held. This is because, in order to process the paperwork, the bail bondsman will need to physically come done to the jail to turn everything in. For this reason, the close their location is to the jail the less time you will have to wait to get released. It is also important to make sure that they are an agency that is open all hours because they can get started with the paperwork as soon as possible, sometimes even before the bond has actually been officially set.
Find a co-signer
A co-signer can be of great benefit for a defendant for two main reasons. The first is that they are signing to back the defendant saying that they will take responsibility to ensure the defendant shows up. By doing this, approval will be that much easier. The other reason why a co-signer or indemnitor can be so valuable is that they can work as the defendant’s advocate. They can gather the necessary information needed to fill out the application as well as the documentation so that it greatly expedites the process of getting released.
To sum up, there are many aspects of the arrest timeline that are unfortunately not under your control, but the little things you can take care of while you wait for a bond hearing can make a significant impact on how quickly things can go once bond has been set.