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Bailing Someone Out of Jail

If you’re seeking Los Angeles bail bonds services because a loved one has been arrested, you should know all of the responsibilities that can fall on you for doing so. Obviously getting your loved one released is your first priority, but there are a few things you should know before bailing someone out of jail in order to avoid legal or financial issues that may arise as a result of you cosigning or assisting with the bail process.

Your Responsibilities After Bailing Someone Out:

When posting bail, you sign a bail bond contract with either the court or Los Angeles bail bondsman that names you as the “indemnitor.” This makes you responsible for ensuring that the defendant attends his trial and scheduled court dates. If that person flees or skips the court appearance, you are responsible for paying the whole bail amount. In other words, if your loved one flees trial, creditors may go after you, as well as the defendant to seek reparations for bail monies lost to the court.

Los Angeles Bail Bondsman Responsibilities

In Los Angeles, bail agents help post the amount for those who cannot afford it in exchange for a 10% fee. The defendant or his family pays the 10% and the rest is guaranteed by the Los Angeles bail bondsman to the courts. If the defendant skips his court hearing, then the bail bond agent and their backing insurance company is responsible for the entire bail.

We can send a bail agent to meet you at the facility to make arrangements for posting bail. If you are unable to travel, we can come to you or devise a plan via email or fax.

Defendant’s Responsibility:

The most important responsibility of the defendant is to show up at all scheduled court dates.

If the defendant is not bailed out, he or she will have to remain in custody until the case is settled, which means not being able to get affairs in order, work at their place of employment or hire an attorney. It is very advantageous to have a Los Angeles bail bondsman post bail so that the defendant has the ability to properly deal with the difficult times ahead without disrupting their normal lives and financial responsibilities.

1-800-BAIL-BOND serves areas outside of Los Angeles as well, where these processes will be nearly the same. For more info on a specific locale, please visit our dedicated pages for San Bernardino bail bonds, Riverside bail bonds, Ventura bail bonds or Orange County bail bonds.

To find out which one of these jails your loved one might be located please call 1-800-224-5266.