When someone you love has been arrested by law enforcement, there is a wide range of emotions that affect everyone. Depending on the circumstances, the arrest itself may be traumatic in addition to the realization of the consequences and ramifications of what is going to happen next. It is easy to be overwhelmed, but there are a few key things that you can do to take control and make sure that your loved one is released as fast as possible.
What information do I need to know?
In order to get your loved one released, you are going to need some critical information before the process can be started. Obviously, you will need the name of the defendant, including their name, phone number, address, and email address. Once the defendant has been arraigned and a bond set, you will need to get the name of the facility that they are being held at, their inmate number, and the bond amount. This information is critical and necessary to the bond process and getting it first will help the next steps go smoothly.
Who should I contact to pay the bond?
After you know all the information about your loved ones, where they are, and what the bond amount is, the next thing to do is get in contact with a bail bondsman. Your bail bondsman will help to guide you through the process of the release, let you know what the total fee will be to get your loved ones out of jail, talk about options, and answer your questions about the process. Always make sure that you call a licensed and reputable bail bondsman and never do business with someone who comes to you offering to take care of a bond without you asking or for a reduced rate.
Should I Co-Sign on a Bond?
In some situations, the financial cost of paying the bond fee may be beyond the resources of a single person. In a case like this, there may be the option to co-sign on a bond with another person. In the same way that two people can co-sign on a loan, two people can co-sign a bond, but just like the loan, both parties are financially responsible in the event that the defendant skips bail and the bond is forfeit. Co-signing may be the only option in some cases, but it should be a decision that is thoughtfully made.
How do I get them Home?
After the bail bondsman has completed the process of paying the bond and the facility has processed the bond, then they will begin the process of releasing your loved one. Each facility is different and will do things differently, including the time that people are released. Making sure that you are at the facility when they are released will make sure that they will not have a long journey on foot from the facility, possibly from a remote location or in bad weather or late at night.