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What should I know about paying somebody’s bail?

| May 3, 2021 | Criminal Defense |

If your loved one is in jail, it is natural to want to get him or her out. Most commonly, you will be able to do this for your loved one if you post bail for him or her.

However, there are some things you should be aware of before you post bond for somebody else. You should educate yourself about the case, provide plenty of information to the bail agent and be ready to pay the bond in full if necessary.

Educating yourself and others

If you post bail for this person, do you think that he or she will actually show up to court or will he or she try to skip bail? Of course, you want to see the best in somebody that you love, but that does not necessarily mean that it is the best idea to put yourself on the line for him or her in a legal situation.

You will also need to provide lots of information to the bondsman if you decide to post bail for somebody else. The bondsman will need information about your job status, current residence and more.

Be ready to pay

In an ideal world, your loved one shows up to court and the bondsman gives you the amount you paid in bond back. However, you should always prepare for the unexpected. Namely, if the defendant does not show up to court, you are responsible for paying the full amount of the bond to the bond agent. In the event that you put up collateral, you may lose that collateral.

It is not a good idea to post bond for somebody that you are not confident in. You should still be able to pay the full bond amount if absolutely necessary.