A loved one has been put in jail. What to do next?

Get in touch with a bondsman (or bonding agency) to help you get your loved one back home.

  • The bonding agency calls the jail to get all the necessary information.
  • The bonding agency posts the bail and handles the paperwork while working with you on the financial arrangements.
  • Once everything is set the bonding agency will tell you when to go pick up the defendant.
  • The bail bondsman stays in touch with the defendant and his loved ones throughout the legal process leading up to trial. They will explain legal proceedings to help them make it to the trial successfully.
  • If the defendant appears on trial day, the bondsman’s account is credited back the money that they put up for bail. The bondsman may have some additional expenses that will be charged to the defendant.
  • If the defendant does not appears for trial or is late the bail bond is forfeited to the court. The bondsman gets charged for the bail, so they will proceed to collect it from the defendant and the person who applied for the bail bond.

When the defendant is apprehended again, there is no chance for bail a second time.