In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the initial steps that friends or family members assisting someone who has been booked into jail will have to take. Both in terms of making contact with this individual and getting the ball rolling on the bail bond process, these early steps can make a big difference in terms of the speed and ease of release.
At Beehive Bail Bonds, we’re proud to offer 24-hour bail bond services to both those incarcerated and their friends or family members who may be operating on their behalf. Today’s part two will go over a few other important factors for such friends or family to take into consideration, including timing, collateral and some other areas.
In cases where the arrest in question is made at an untimely hour where business is not usually conducted, some friends or family members who receive the call from an incarcerated individual may worry about the timing of a call to a bail bond agency. But it’s important to note that this world differs from most other business types – our offices are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the entire year. This is because we know these incidents can happen at any time, and we don’t want our clients to have to wait a minute longer than necessary to begin the release process.
When you call a bail bond agent on behalf of someone else, it’s important to know that you will need to have collateral available to pay the sum. We highly recommend working this out with the incarcerated individual in advance, ensuring you are covered if you use your own funds here.
Forms of collateral generally accepted in these cases include standard payment formats like credit cards or debit cards, but also may include others like a home, car, jewelry or other high-value pieces you have available.
Another item to think about here is the bail bond application process. This is usually fairly simple, but may involve the agency running a credit check on you or having you answer some questions about the person you’re bailing out. We’re happy to walk you through any questions or concerns you have about the application.
Finally, it’s vital for a friend or family member providing financial assistance like collateral in this situation to know their own rights. If the defendant is arrested again, there are many situations where you’ll be able to reclaim the money you paid. If you’re a co-signer on their bond, you may be able to resign this position. Make sure you understand whether or not this is the case in advance, and do not put yourself in a potentially risky position if you are not comfortable with it.
For more on friends or family assisting with the bail bond process, or to learn about any of our services, speak to the staff at Beehive Bail Bonds today.