For those who have been arrested or anyone assisting them with their situation in the immediate aftermath, there’s no question this is a stressful time. Knowing how to proceed is important, from the communication process to getting started on posting bail or a bail bond.
At Beehive Bail Bonds, we’re here to help. Not only do we offer comprehensive 24/7 bail bond services to clients throughout Salt Lake City and other areas of Utah, we’re also happy to provide expertise on several areas of this process, recommendations on good defense attorneys in your area, and much more. What are some general tips we offer on navigating the arrest and bail process, whether you’re the individual who has been incarcerated or a friend or family member assisting them from outside? This two-part blog series will go over several areas.
The very first step that should be taken by someone who has been arrested: Getting on the phone. Jails will all be equipped with phones that allow for basic calls to be made, and the person who has been arrested should use this to call a reliable friend or family member – or if such an individual is not available, can contact the bail bond agency directly.
In cases where an outside individual is assisting, this person will often be the one contacting a bail bondsman. In this case, they will need to have basic information like name and other details for the person arrested, plus potentially their charge information.
Once again if you’re someone assisting a jailed individual from the outside, you may have an opportunity to compare several bail bond agencies – and we recommend doing so if possible. At Beehive Bail Bonds, we’re proud to maintain an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, plus maintain a strong track record and reputation around the state. We’re confident that we’ll compare extremely well to our competitors, but you should be doing your due diligence regardless.
Whoever is contacting the bail bond agency, whether it’s the arrested individual or someone else, should be very detailed and ask questions. Ask about areas like fees and premiums, plus whether a co-signer will be required based on the individual incarcerated. In addition, be sure the bondsman in question can actually issue the bond you need – in some states, certain bondsmen can only issue bonds for certain crimes.
Another important factor here is being prepared to wait just a bit. Jail processing times can vary widely depending on the period of the week and even the time of day where you’re arrested – this is why it’s important to get on the phone and start the process right away, but it’s also important to realize that it might be a few hours or even longer in other situations.
For more tips on handling the jailing and bail bond process, or to learn about any of our bail bond or other services, speak to the staff at Beehive Bail Bonds today.