In a perfect world, you would never need to know about bail bonds. However, if someone you care for is in trouble, and you are the one who received that dreaded phone call from jail, here are some things that might help you as you extend a helping hand.
Your First Visit
You won't have any trouble finding a bail bond company, as there are usually many of them right around the jail area.
Usually, you can park there and there will be no parking fees.
You should be treated respectfully and courteously and the person who attends you should be ready to answer any questions you have.
After the price of bail has been set, you won't have to pay the full amount. However, the amount you do have usually can't be put on a charge card or paid with a check. Of course, there are exceptions to this. Usually a cashier's check or a money order are required.
You will need to fill out papers that ask for your name, address, your home phone number and a secondary number where you can be reached. In addition, you'll need to give your work information. Finally, you'll probably be asked to give the names and pertinent information on people who can be used as references.
Your Return Visit
Don't expect to walk right over to the jail to get the inmate out. Instead, it could take hours for that person to be released. You might even have to be at the jail house in the middle of the night or during early morning hours.
The accused person needs to return to the bail company with you. Sometimes there is an extended period given for that person to report. However, since you're close by already, it's a good idea to just get business taken care of at the bail company.
The accused person will have to fill out papers, answering many of the same questions that you had to answer. Name, contact information, and references will need to be supplied. Usually, the names cannot be the same ones that you used in your questionnaire.
The terms of the bond should be thoroughly explained to the arrested person. Usually, the person has to check into the bail bond company at least once a month. Almost always, bail bond companies are opened twenty-four hours a day, so the call can be made at the arrested person's convenience.