It’s not an everyday occurrence to have to bail a friend or family member out of jail. When that collect call comes, though, or you know they were arrested and are already bracing for it, you should know exactly how to go about doing it. Here is a step by step guide on how to bail someone out of jail.
1. Find out where they are being held at. Smaller cities or towns probably only have one place where they hold people who have been arrested until they are arraigned. Bigger metropolitan cities, however, will have multiple locations. Call the police station and they can tell you where exactly the person is being held.
2. When the person is being arraigned, they will find out if they will require bail to be released. If the crime is minor, the bail may be a quite small amount but for more serious crimes, the amount of the bail can quickly escalate. In these instances, a bail bondsman may be required.
3. The bail bondsman will put up the amount of the bail is he or she feels there is no or low risk of the defendant fleeing. They make their money by charging a percentage of the full bail amount as their fee. This fee is usually 10% of the full bail amount.
4. If you are fully aware that the person who has been arrested will need to post bail, you can even arrange to have the bail bondsman appear at the arraignment so that bail can be posted immediately.
5. Once the bail has been paid, all rules that the judge sets forth must be explicitly followed. Failure to do so can result in the bail being revoked and forfeited and the person being placed back in jail.