Having to bail somebody out of jail might not be the most enjoyable thing to do in the world, but sometimes it is necessary. So before you get a call late at night from a friend or relative asking for your help, read this article for some tips so that you know what to do ahead of time.
There are two main methods for bailing someone out of jail. They are using a cash bond or contacting a bail bond service.
A cash bond can be used to bail someone out of jail. The bonder will need to call the jail where the inmate is being held to find out how much the cash bond is. There are certain cases where an inmate is only granted cash bonds. That means a bail bonds service cannot be used and the bond has to be paid in cash. After finding out how much the cash bond is, the bonder then brings the cash to the booking officer. Once the inmate gets released, she or he will be in the care of the bonder. If the bonded inmates appears at all of her or his court dates, the bonder will be eligible to get the money back from the cash bond.
Bail Bond Services
Probably the most common way of bailing someone out of jail is to use a bail bond service. At times a cash bond will not be set for inmate by a judge, and at other times the bail amount will be too high for many people to come up with a sufficient amount of cash to bail out their loved one or friend. When a bail bond service is used, 10 percent of the bail amount is paid by the person getting the individual out of jail, and the rest is paid by the bail bondsman. The after the inmate has been released from jail, the person who bought the bond is responsible for ensuring that the defendant appears at all of her or his court dates. Otherwise, the person who purchased the bond could end up being responsible for paying the rest of the balance that was paid by the bail bond service.