When you or a loved one finds themselves caught between life and the legal system, bail bond agencies are there to give you a hand. Bond agents know that when an arrest happens, every second matters. The primary goal is to get someone out of jail as quick as possible so that person can resume their life. However, to make this process easier, it is within you our your loved one’s best interest to avoid making any mistakes that will put the bond process in jeopardy. In the following post, we will go over some common bail bond mistakes that should be avoided at all costs.
Failing to Have the Proper Information Ready
Before contacting a bondsman, be sure you have all the information you will need to get the ball rolling. Many times, people will not have the correct info, or simply not enough for the agent to work with. Prior to speaking with an agent, be sure you have the booking number, birth date, and complete name of the person who is being held.
Waiting too Long to Contact the Bail Bond Agency
Every second counts when it comes to bailing someone out of jail. In most cases, the faster you contact a bonding agent, the faster the agent can arrange for the release of the arrested individual. To speed things up, it is a wise idea to contact an agent immediately after the arrest occurs. In some cases, the agent may be able to pay the bail directly following the initial arraignment.
Breaking the Law While Out on Bail
While it seems like a no brainer, sometimes a person who is out on bail can not help but find themselves in trouble again. Sometimes this may seem unavoidable, especially when the original arrest was for a domestic dispute. However, this should be avoided at all costs. Not only can that person lose their freedom, they may likely lose their bail money or collateral as well. The judge will also be less likely to set bail a second time.
Failing to Go to Court
Once released on a bond, a person is required to attend each one of their court dates without question. Failing to do this can land them in deep trouble. Missing even one court date will spur the court to issue a warrant for the delinquent, and will also result in the court keeping that person’s bail money or collateral.
These are just some of the more common mistakes people make when they are out on bail. As always, reach out to us if you would like to learn more.