So, a friend or family member has been arrested. Now what? The first thing you’ll want to look into, even before finding a lawyer or going over to the jail, is bail. Bail or the bond equivalent of bail is an amount of money in cash, property or surety bond paid to make sure that a person will attend all required court appearances. If they show up when expected and are proven not guilty, the money will be returned to them. Basically, bail allows accused defendants to be released from jail until his or her case is completed. These are the steps you should take in order to achieve that release…
- Locate a bail bond provider.
First, you should pin down which Bail Bond Agency you want. Certain bail bond agents may be better at dealing with certain cases. For example, all of our agents have extensive experience with DUIs. We provide bail bonds in Gwinnett County.
- Contact the company.
You can get in touch with us any time of day online or over the phone. Chances are high that a member of our staff will be available to assist you. If not, leave us a message and we promise to get in touch with you ASAP!
- Answer Key Questions
The bond agent will ask you for specifics about the detainee, including the following:
- What is the person’s full legal name?
· What is the person’s date of birth?
· Who made the arrest (Sheriff, city police, etc) and what was the charge?
· Where is the accused being held?
· What is his or her booking number?
· How much is the bail amount?
You may also have to answer some basic personal history questions relating to the defendant’s health, work history, arrest history and residency.
- Provide payment.
Rather than being required to pay the full bail, you will only be asked to pay a percentage of the total amount, between 10 and 15 percent.
Our staff will contact the jail facility, determine exact bail information and arrange the release. When they’ve taken care of these arrangements, they’ll want to be in touch with you again so it’s important to keep the channel of communication open.
- Be available.
This relates to communication as well. Failing to answer our calls or provide us with the basic resources we need may result in a much more difficult bail bond process for you and your loved one. We may contact you several times so we need a reliable phone number where we can definitely reach you, even at the end of a long day.
- Be patient.
Throughout all of these steps, patience and a willingness to cooperate will expedite the process considerably. Many detention facilities are slow in processing and often have their telephone lines overloaded with calls. Working with a bonding company may put you at the front of their “to do” list – as long as you stay communicative and patient.