Nobody likes to see a friend serve jail time. Depending on the nature of the crime, posting bail can be risky. Thankfully, there are ways you can minimize the risk to yourself. Here’s what you need to know when posting bail for a friend.
The Costs of Bail
Lower the Risk of Paying Bail for a Friend by Driving Them to Court Appearances.
The cost of bail can vary from case to case. You’ll need to learn the details of the case, such as whether your friend has been accused of a felony crime or a misdemeanor. For a felony charge, the bail will be purposely set higher to avoid flight risks. Sometimes it can be difficult to cover the full amount of bail, so people often have to pledge personal assets or property as collateral.
Bail bonds companies have made the process more affordable for friends and family members wishing to pay for their loved one. While you do have to pay a non-refundable percentage of the bail, homeowners can avoid risking property or valuable belongings as collateral. If you are unable (or unwilling) to pay the full amount of bail, consider paying a percentage instead with the help of a bail bondsman.
Mandatory Court Appearances
Learning the location and time of all your friend’s mandatory court appearances can significantly reduce your risk. When possible, take a hands-on attitude and personally drive your friend to each of their court appearances. If your friend is scared of appearing in court, talk them through the process. It’s up to you to make sure they appear on time at court, or you may face paying the entire cost of bail.
For any additional questions about posting bail for a friend, talk to one of our staff at James Brennan Bail Bonds. We’re happy to answer all of your questions! Give us a call at __PHONE__.