No one expects that frantic phone call in the middle of the night, “I’ve had a run-in with the police. I need you to come bail me out of jail.” At that moment, a million things can float through your mind, and your only thought may be how to get your friend or loved one out of a difficult situation. However, you may not have the pocket cash to post bail yourself. That is when you need to call for help. But what do you need to know before you contact a bail bondsman? There are some key pieces of information that can help you not only secure a bondsman willing to post bail, but also keep your cool and get your friend or family member out as quickly as possible.
Know Identifying Information
Any bail bond agent is going to need basic identifying information about the individual being held in jail. Most agents will ask only for the individual's full legal name (first, middle, and last). If the individual has more than one name, that information should be given as well. They will also need information about the jail, including the name and city it is located in and the country of location. A booking number is also helpful information to give, but if you do not have it, the agent can get that for you.
Know the Charges
Report to the bondsman the exact charges being brought against the individual and whether these charges are a misdemeanor or felony. If you can get any more specific information, such as the class or charges, that information will also be helpful for your agent and make the process move more quickly.
Know the Amount
Always know the amount of bail that needs to be paid; this will be set after arraignment, which is where the individual will meet with a judge to discuss the charges and a court date, and bail will be set. While some jails do provide the possibility of arraignment overnight and on weekends, not all jails do. If this is the case, the individual will be held in jail until arraignment, and you should only go to a bail bond agency after the amount has been set.
Know Your Collateral
Most bond agencies require a premium for their service. This ensures that everyone gets paid for their work. While every agency has its list of items that count toward collateral, most agencies will accept items like cars, property, jewelry, stocks, and credit cards.
Posting bail can be a stressful time for all individuals involved. In the end, there’s nothing more important than making sure your close friend or family member is released to go home. That is why we at Free At Last Bail Bonds are fully committed to reuniting families. If you or a loved one needs our services, we are here for you 24 hours a day at 404-577-2245.