If you have someone in your life who was arrested and wants you to help get them out of jail, you will want to work with a bail bonding company, which can offer you many benefits.
Even though your loved one was already arrested, it can still be useful to have the bail company run a warrant check. A warrant check will allow you to see if there are any other outstanding warrants or charges that your loved one faces. This will help give you a better idea of what their bail may end up being, allowing you to move forward with figuring out how you will pay the fees and the collateral for the bond.
It can sometimes be complicated to talk to your loved one in jail. Also, your loved one may only have so much time to make calls. By working with a bail agent, they will accept all collect calls from your loved one in jail. They can ask your loved one any questions that you need answers to in order to secure the bond and get the necessary money to get them out. Everything can take place with one phone call instead of requiring the need for multiple calls and charges. They can act as a communication liaison with your loved one in jail.
Bail bond agencies have close ties to the court system, and they generally will have a recommendation for you if you are looking for a defense attorney. As this is what they do daily, namely work with inmates who need defense attorneys, they can often provide very specific recommendations based on the type of case that your loved one is facing. For example, they may recommend a different attorney if your loved one is facing a DUI charge versus a burglary charge.
If the bail company you want to work with is not located near you, they may be willing to meet you at a halfway location between you and them, or between you and the jail where your loved one is being held, to go over the paperwork in person. They will then travel to the jail where your loved one is being held and handle all the paperwork for you that has to be submitted to get them released.
When you work with a bail bonding company, they will run a warrant check on your loved one to ensure there are no additional warrants that have to be considered for the bail process. They can help streamline communication between you and your loved one in jail. They may be able to recommend an attorney for you to work with and even meet you somewhere to handle the paperwork necessary for the bail.
For more information, contact a local bail bonding company.