What Do I Need to Do in Order to Post Bail?
Getting arrested and going to jail is an overwhelming and scary situation, and the first thing you want to do is find a way to get out of jail. Getting out of jail before your scheduled court date means you will either be let out on your own recognize (OR), or you must post bail. You can either post your own bail, or you can find someone else to do it for you. However, since this is typically an unexpected expense, many people struggle with finding the financial means necessary for posting bail. This is where a bonding company can help. Here is the information you will need in order to post bail and get out of jail.
Location of the Jail
When contacting a bonding company, one of the most important things you will need to know is the jail location. Each county and city has different requirements and rules for posting bail, so your bonding company will need to know the exact location so they can make sure all appropriate steps are taken for release.
The more information you can provide the bonding company, the quicker the process for release will be. For example, you will need the detainee’s full name and address as well as contact information. If you have the booking number, it will make the process even easier. If you do not have all of the personal information, the bonding company can find it for you, but it may slightly delay the release process.
The Bail Amount
Before being released, you will be required to post the exact amount required by the court. The amount of bail required depends on the crime you are being charged with, and in most situations, you are required to post ten percent of the cost. For example, if the bail is $5,000, you will need $500 to get out of jail. In order to post bail, you must provide the cash amount required or use collateral of equal or greater value (typically a house). Once your bail has been posted, you will be issued a court order allowing you to be released. Keep in mind that if you require the services of a bonding company, there will generally be a fee for their services included in the price.
Once the bonding company has the information necessary for posting bail, including a contract between the detainee, the court and the company that states you will attend all scheduled court dates, then you will be released. It is important to note that if you do not show up for your scheduled court dates, a warrant for your arrest is generally issued and you will forfeit the bond. This includes any collateral that you or someone else used in order to secure the bail money.
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