If you have the unfortunate luck of receiving news of the arrest of a family member or close friend, it’s likely you will be panicked by the situation. Unsure of how to respond, all you know is that you want them out as quickly and safely as possible.
Many people do not fully understand the legal procedures to follow just after the arrest of their loved one. They seem to be confused as to which papers to sign and what other documentation is required in the process of requesting bail. If you are going through the same predicament, then it is time for you to learn each and every detail about the various aspects of the bail process.
Generally, when a defendant is arrested by the local police, he or she is summoned before a magistrate who has the authority to set the defendant’s bail amount. When this amount is paid to the court, only then is the defendant released from the jail until the next court hearing. Sometimes the cost set for the bail is so high that the family members of the accused find it very hard to pay the amount. This is where the role of a bail bond service comes into play.
What Are Your Responsibilities If Bailing Someone Out Of Jail?
The moment you are getting your loved one out of jail, you also need to understand your role in the bond agreement. When you sign the bond on your own capacity, you become an indemnitor. An indemnitor is the one who undertakes financial responsibility for the defendant’s bond. Once you have signed the contract with the court, it becomes binding on you to be responsible on behalf of the defendant. Thus, you will have to assume the following important responsibilities:
- Ensure the defendant appears before the court on a hearing date
Being an indemnitor, you will also be made accountable in case the defendant absconds and doesn’t appear before the court. If the defendant cannot be located, you (the indemnitor) will be made solely responsible to pay for the entire amount of the bail originally set by the court.
- Paying additional costs
As a responsible indemnitor, you also have to take full responsibility for any additional costs incurred during the course of the case until the matter is completely resolved. Sometimes courts hire fugitive recovery agents who locate and get the defendant back to the courts. The cost of this service will also be paid by the indemnitor.
- Your accountability for defendant’s failure to appear in court
If the defendant fails to appear before the court on a particular hearing date, in that scenario the judge issues a “breach warrant” in order to arrest the defendant and send him back to jail. As an indemnitor, you will be liable to pay the entire bail amount in the form of collateral that was used at the time of contract execution. This collateral will not be refunded.
What Bail Central Can Do For You?
Bail Central is a trusted premier bail bonds service for the San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties. We fully understand the hardship of having a loved one in a difficult legal situation. We are confident our experience and professionalism can help bring your loved ones home.
We greatly value client satisfaction and we want to work with you. Call us today at (805)-474-7777.