A bail bond is a surety bond: a contract between the signer (or cosigner) and a state-licensed bail agent.
In order for us to approve your bond, we will need to collect information through an interview. We work with our clients to develop a bail contract where collateral isn't necessary if possible. This process only takes a few minutes.
When someone is arrested, a free phone consultation will be needed to collect basic information about your situation to determine the risk involved in the bond in order to approve the process. Typical questions are: what is the nature of the charges? When was the defendant arrested? How long have you known the defendant? Do you and the defendant work? Are you home owners? How long have you been with your current employer? Etc.
In the United States of America, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty. That is the fundamental cornerstone upon which release on bail, prior to trial, rests. As a citizen of the United States, you have the following unalienable rights:
We remind you of your rights, and help to protect those rights.
When you bail the defendant out of jail, you will take full responsibility for them to show up in court. Most times, a simple phone call can easily resolve most problems and issues. With this in mind, if you're considering bailing someone out and you have any doubt that they will not show up for court or leave the area, do not bail them out. You may be held liable civilly.
It is important to understand your responsibility as a mediator and the entire bail bond process before agreeing to secure a bond for someone.