The Steps to Bail Someone Out of Jail

Do you need to bail someone out of jail? It’s a pretty simple process. Just follow these steps:

Step 1: To begin, you must first figure out if your loved one was detained after he/she was arrested. If your loved one was jailed, there are two possibilities of what comes next: Either the offense already has a bond amount assigned or he/she has to wait to be arraigned. This could take up to five days, but usually only takes one or two.

Step 2: Find out where your loved one is being detained. Check out our county pages to find the information you’re looking for.

Step 3: Find out your loved one’s booking status. This is the next step. This means your loved one will have to have photographs taken, be fingerprinted and fill out paperwork before he/she is able to leave. You can call the arresting agency and determine how long that process will take. Alternatively, you can use the court’s website to see if they keep real-time information on the status of bookings.

Step 4: The next step is to determine if bail is even necessary. Sometimes, if it’s a first offender, the defendant can be released under his/her own recognizance, which only requires them to sign a contract agreeing to come to court without holding any bond.

Step 5: Once bail has been set, you need to figure out how it is going to be paid. This can be done through four common bond types. You will need a bondsman if you do not have the available funds to post the required bond.

Step 6: If you know you will need help posting the bail ahead of time, call us right away so our representative can appear at the time of the arraignment. This will cut down on the time your loved one spends in jail.

Step 7: This is the simplest step. Pay the bond. You can pay with cash, check, or even with credit cards.

Step 8: The final step is probably the most important. You must ensure the defendant shows up for their court date. If not, they can lose the money you posted, or the bail bondsman posted and be arrested again.

If you or a loved one has been arrested and is need of a bail bondsman, contact Andrew Pizzo Bail Bonds today.

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