How Do I Pay a Bail Bond?

If you are asking this question, it is possible that you have to bail someone out but do not know the proper procedure. Since you have already decided to bail the person out after considering all factors, you have two options: to pay the bail bondsman cash or to hire a bail agent.

Paying Cash

This is straightforward. All you have to do is go to the bail bondsman and pay the amount that was stipulated by the judge. After this, you have to fill and submit some paperwork before the offender is released. You can also pay remotely and fill the paperwork in soft copy if you are not in the same area where the offender was arrested and is being held.

Hiring a bail agent

This is an option when you do not have cash but have property or other possessions such as a car to put up as collateral. For this, you pay the agent a premium for them to handle everything on your behalf. They go to the jail and post bail, fill the paperwork and have the offender released. In order for a bail agent to do this successfully, they have to have:

  • The offender’s full name
  • The offender’s booking number
  • The state, are and name of the place where the offender was arrested and the jail that they are being held in
  • The amount of bail

The only information that you have to provide to the bail agent is the name of the jail and the full name of the offender. After this, the agent can make a phone call to find out the offender’s booking number and the amount of bail set for their release.

Failure to Show Up for Court Dates

You need to know some other important information before you post that bail. One is that you do not get a refund on the premium you pay the bail agent. That serves s their fee for the services they render. The other thing is that, if the offender does not appear at court, the collateral or money you posted as bail is lost. You therefore have to know the offender well enough and trust them enough to pay their bail. Otherwise, you might be out of a lot of money with nothing to show for it. A  Tree Service Columbus – tree removal company owner failed to show up at court and had to pay a hefty fine.

Conclusion

Instead of waiting to get a call to bail out your friend or family member to find out what the bail process entails, it is advisable to get the information beforehand. You may never have to use it and that is fine. But if you find that you are in such a situation without the proper information, it could lead to making a wrong choice or decision.

This information might also come in handy if you find yourself on the other end of the law where you have been arrested and need to walk the person who comes to bail you out through the process. Experience Columbus is  a great place to learn more about Columbus Ohio.