Equally, it’s easy to decide to rush out and attempt to bail someone out of jail as quickly as you can.
If you are ever asked the question, “Can you bail me out?” you should never say “Yes,” without carefully considering the huge financial obligation to which you may be agreeing along with the legal responsibility for doing so.
There is no right or wrong choice; however, knowing about the bail process and the responsibilities of bailing someone out of jail can help to make that decision easier.
Did you know that in a lot of cases the full bail amount is not needed? Commercial bail posting via a bondsman is one of the most common methods for people bailing friends and family out of jail.
By utilizing the services of a bail bondsman it becomes possible to post bail even if you don't have the full amount. 3-D Bail Bonds, for example, charges a 10% fee for all bonds up to $5,000, and 7% plus $150 for the ones over $5,000. This is the law in the state of Connecticut. Almost always bondsmen fees are non-refundable.
Before making the decision to bail someone out of jail it’s important to be aware of the responsibilities that come with it. It doesn’t just end when you sign the papers and pay the fee. It’s a decision that shouldn’t be made lightly.
Understanding the bail process makes that decision a whole lot easier. You may want to ask yourself these questions before bailing someone out:
· How well do you know the person who is asking to be bailed?
· Are you sure they will turn up in court?
· Is the bondsman reputable?
Firstly, how well do you know the person? Sometimes people incarcerated will call almost anyone they know hoping they will pay their release out of sympathy. If you do not know the person well, can you be sure whether they will attend all court dates? As a general rule, it’s not advisable to bail someone you do not have a strong connection to or you are likely to lose touch with through the period of court attendances.
If you are able to pay the full cash bail, you have more of a financial stake in the matter as you will be able to get your money back, minus any court fees. The person you are bailing stands between you and the money you paid to secure their release.
Keeping in touch with the defendant, you can manage the financial risk you have laid down better. Reminding them of court dates and offering to take them may be one of the best things you could do to secure that they attend court. You will also be better informed about when the bond has finalized and you are no longer financially responsible.
Make sure that if you choose a bondsman, they are reputable. Look for a bail agent that has been in business for a number of years and doesn’t make any wild promises. All bondsman must be licensed to operate in each state and should have a verifiable license number.
Should you find yourself in the unfortunate situation, make sure you take the time to carefully consider what you are agreeing to when signing on a bail bond. If you have any questions about bail bonds in CT, get in touch with the agents at 3-D Bail Bonds, they are open 24 hours, 7 days serving all of Connecticut since 1997.