If you have been arrested and want to get out of jail, you may be able to get out on bail. If your charges don't warrant you staying in jail and you need to post a bail bond, the process is fairly easy; however, it is important to keep in mind that the entire process may take some time. Once you or someone you know has been arrested, after the booking and processing procedures are done, you will be allowed to make a phone call. At this time, you can call a friend or family member to make the bail arrangements for you. Once you have explained the situation to your friend or family member, the next step is for them to contact a bail bonding company to arrange for your release from jail. Here is the information the bail agent will need before agreeing to post your bail.

Personal Information

When you speak with your friend or family member, you will need to provide them with the following personal information:

  • Full legal name
  • Date of birth
  • Social security number
  • Who arrested you (sheriff, local police or highway patrol)
  • Why you were arrested
  • Where you are being held
  • If you can provide your booking number and bail amount, it will make the process quicker

All of this information will be needed for the bail bondsman in order to get you released as quickly as possible.

Contract With the Bail Bond Service

When your bail is posted by a friend or family member, they will enter into a contract with the bail bondsman. The contract is a guarantee to both the court and the bail bond agent that you will show up for all scheduled court dates. Before the contract is signed, the bail agent will ensure that the co-signer (your friend or family member) understands the commitment they are agreeing to. The bond agent will not allow the contract to be signed until the co-signer knows that if you don't show up for court, they will be responsible for the full bond amount.

It is important to keep in mind that when you are asking a friend or family member to contact a bail bondsman for you, it is your responsibility to appear in court for scheduled dates and times. It's also important to keep in mind that there are some instances where a bail bond service may decline to take your case, so the person bailing you out should be prepared to contact addition bond agents if necessary.

Contact your local bail bonds office today to learn more.