The Fastest Way To Get Your Loved One Released From Jail

You've just learned a beloved family member was arrested and placed in jail. They have anxiously requested that you get them out. The fastest way is to post bail for them. How exactly does that work? Read ahead to learn how to quickly post bail and get your loved released from the slammer. 

Call A Bail Bonds Company

One of the first things you need to do is find out how much the bail is set for. This can be done by calling the jail or courthouse during business hours. Another option is to call a bail bonds company in your area. They will find out why your loved one (defendant) was arrested and what the bail amount is. Once your loved one has seen a magistrate, bail will be set. In some cases, the defendant can post a PR (personal recognizance) bond and get out on their own. But, for some charges, a higher bail is set. 

Know The Bond Conditions

The total bond amount will ultimately be what you are responsible for, but you will only have to pay a portion of that up front, along with processing fees. The general rule of thumb of what you need to pay upfront is around 10% of the total bail amount set forth by the judge. You will need to pay this amount to secure the terms and conditions of the bond. 

It's important that you know what these conditions are because if they miss a date, they will forfeit their bail and you will have to pay the full amount of the bond. As long as the defendant attends all court-mandated meetings and in-person hearings, they will not forfeit the bond.

Have Collateral Ready

Another part of the bond process is putting up collateral to secure the bond. Because it is likely thousands of dollars, the bail bondsman will request a down payment and some form of collateral. This may include:

  • Home and property titles.
  • Automobile with a high resale value.
  • Guns, jewelry or electronics.
  • Check or credit card holds.

The bondsman will approve all collateral and may require an additional down payment if needed, to meet bond requirements. Depending on several factors, you may or may not need any collateral, but it's good to have something ready in case it's required. 

Getting your loved one out of jail and back home is a relief for the entire family. It gives them a chance to be in the comfort of their home while fighting their case. Call a reputable bail bonds company today to get the ball rolling. Here's to a bright future!