If you have a run-in with the law, the entire experience can be a lot and really overwhelming. Not only do you have to deal with arrest and booking but then you have to go through the process of how to get released from detainment. There are a couple of options when it comes to posting bail but if you or your loved one decides to go with using the services of a bail bondsman, then here are some tips to make the experience go as smoothly as possible.
Have the basic info ready
When making that first point of contact with a bail bondsman, most likely they will start with asking for some basic information about the person being detained. They will usually start with this information so that they understand the basics of the case and also get a better understanding of the overall situation to see whether or not they will be able to help. Usually, they will ask for:
1.) The location of the jail that the defendant is being held at and their number
2.) Standard contact information such as name, phone number, home address and email
3.) Any information on previous record and information on what charges are currently being brought again the defendant
4.) What the price of the bond is
Figuring out the best way to pay for the bond
For the most part, the overwhelming benefit of using the services of a bail bonds company is that most people are not able to pay a cash bail on their own since it would require the full cost of the bond upfront. When you go with a bail bondsman, you are only needing to come up with 10% of the bond cost, however, sometimes even that can be too much for some. Because of this, many bail bonds companies offer options from things such as collateral to payment plans. Another option, if you have a family member or friend that is willing, is to get another person to sign on as an Indemnitor (also known as a co-signer) to also sign the contract and be willing to vouch for you by taking on responsibility. Either way, even if you don’t have much money, there are options to still work with a bail bondsman and get released in a timely manner!
After you hire a bail bondsman, they will fill out all the needed paperwork and after that clears, though it can be up to 12 hours, for the most part, it can be as little as an hour to be released!