If you need to bail a loved one out of jail, a bail bondsman can help you to accomplish this task quickly and affordably. Below you will find a step-by-step guide that can help you through the process of obtaining and posting a bail bond.

Step 1: Gathering Necessary Information  

Before heading to a bail bonds office you will need to make sure that you have some specific information. You will need to have the full legal name and date of birth of the person you wish to bail out. You will also need to have proof of your income, address, and identity. All of this information will be necessary to determine whether or not you and your loved one qualify for bail bond services.

Step 2: Applying For Bail Bond

When you arrive at the bail bonds office you will complete an application for a bond. This application requires you to provide proof of your income in order to ensure you will be able to repay the full amount of the bond if your loved one fails to show up in court. You will also need to provide information regarding your address and personal references. This information will be used to help locate your loved one if they default on the terms of their bond. You will receive a decision on this application right away.

Step 3: Posting Bond 

If your application for a bond is approved, the next step in the process will be to deliver the bond to the jail so that your loved one can be released. This step of the process is handled by your bail bondsman. In most cases, this step of the process can be completed 24/7 in order to ensure your loved one is released quickly. However, it is important to understand that the amount of time it takes to actually release someone from jail will depend upon how quickly the jail is able to complete this process. Consequently, if the jail is busy or short staffed it could still take several hours for someone to be released even after a bond has been posted. 

Step 4: Maintaining Bond Status

Once your loved one has been released from jail they will need to take steps to maintain their bond status. This typically includes visiting the bail bonds office immediately after their release in order to sign documents and provide information regarding where they will be living. Many bail bondsmen will also require them to contact the office after each court appearance in order to provide an update on their case.