Most people do not have a lot of experience when it comes to posting a bond for an incarcerated loved one. Unfortunately, the lack of familiarity with this process can make the already stressful situation of learning that a loved one has been arrested even more stressful. That is why this article seeks to take you through the process of obtaining a bail bond step by step so that you will be prepared to complete this process and get your loved one home where they belong.
Step One: Choosing A Bondsman
When selecting a bondsman you will want to choose a bail bonds office that is not only open 24 hours a day but one that also issues bonds 24 hours a day. This is extremely important, especially if your loved one is arrested overnight or on a weekend and you want to prevent them from needing to spend an extended period of time in holding. If you do not choose a bail bondsman that offers round-the-clock services, your loved one will likely need to remain in custody until the bondsman resumes issuing bonds during regular business hours.
Step Two: Providing Necessary Documentation And Payment
Once you have selected a bail bonds service, you will need to supply them with the necessary documentation. This documentation includes verification of your identity, income, and address. This information is required so that the bondsman will know where they can locate you if your loved one does not follow through with the terms of their release. Verifying your income also provides the bondsman with proof that you will be able to pay off the remaining balance of your loved one's bail if their bond becomes due as a result of their failure to appear in court.
In addition to completing the necessary paperwork, you will need to make a down payment to secure your loved one's bond. This down payment is typically equal to approximately 10% of your loved one's total cash bail amount. For instance, if your loved one's bail is set at $10,000, you will need to provide payment in the amount of $1,000. It is important to note that this deposit is typically non-refundable even if your loved one follows through with the terms of their release.
Step Three: Following Up With Bondsman And Court Requirements
Once a bond has been issued for your loved one they will be released from custody. Upon their release, they will need to report to the bail bonds office. Each bondsman has their own requirements for how quickly they must report to the office so be sure to verify how long your loved one has to meet this requirement.
Your loved one will also be required to meet all court requirements including attending court dates and following through with any other directives given by the judge. The bondsman may also request that they contact the office after each court appearance to keep them up-to-date with any new information regarding their case.
Reach out to a bail bonds service for more information.