Think Before You Bail

Bailing someone out of jail is a major responsibility and should not be taken lightly. Many think that after the person they bailed out is out of jail, their part of the process is done. This could not be more wrong. After you decide to bail someone out, your responsibility does not end for a long time. If there ever comes a time where you must bail a friend or family member out, it is important to know what that means and what it can cost you. However, before you bail someone out, it is extremely important to first think about the decision you are about to make and figure out if it is the right decision for you. Before bailing someone out, here are the top five questions you need to answer to ensure you make the best decision:

  • Do you trust this person?
  • How well do you really know them?
  • Do you live out of state, have family out of state, and have the means to get there?
  • Have they jumped from job to job, or home to home?
  • Have they been in this predicament before, how did it turn out?

These questions should be a major part in your decision to help someone out. The background of the defendant is very important. For example, what if this is a friend of yours that has gotten arrested many times, but always skips their court dates? You might not want to bail them out because you will be responsible for them not showing up. Knowing if they are a risk to flee, where they have family, and how stable their life is could determine how they will react when they get out of jail. This is extremely important because when you bail someone out, you are solely responsible to get them to all of their court dates. Most think that you are only responsible for the first court date, which is wrong. As you bail someone out, you are responsible to get that person to every single court date that is associated with their case.

What happens if they do not show up? You are now also responsible for any additional charges given to the defendant. If they cannot be located, you are responsible for the entire amount of the bail, as well as any additional charges that are given through out time. While you might want to be a good friend, or help out a loving family member, you do not want to put yourself if a financially unstable place. Make sure the defendant is willing to go to all their court dates and help their chances. Don’t forget to call us with any questions you might have 877-504-8688. Or fill out the contact form below so we can start discussing the case.