Wanting to step in with financial assistance in the form of bail after someone's arrest is, for many, a natural response if they love that person. You may be thinking about their safety to the exclusion of everything else; their freedom at this time could be paramount. However, these particular bail bonding considerations demand attention.
1-Knowing Your Relative
Love, concern, and all the emotions that prompt you to bail out the relative in trouble could cloud your judgment. The money or collateral arranged for the bail-out process could mean your life savings are gone or that you're using things that mean a great deal to you to help someone. However, before doing such a selfless act, consider your knowledge of your relative.
Is this a first time offense? Were you blindsided by the arrest, or did you suspect they were involved in criminal activities? Do you truly believe in their claims of innocence? How good is the prosecutorial evidence? Rather than letting duty or affection guide you, think logically and protect yourself. If they flee long before their trial, you'll be stuck. Ask about a company's functioning and know how they'll pursue your relative if it comes to that.
2-Applying Multiple Times
Your own interactions with lawyers, bail bondsmen, judges, and related criminal justice professionals may be intermittent at best. You may wait for a single bail request to unfold naturally and plan for a homecoming. This is problematic, particularly if safety concerns are in your thoughts. One bonding company could evaluate and reflect on a case only to reject it. If you and relatives are anxiously waiting, a refusal can be surprising and discouraging. Instead, expect it; applications should be put in with several companies to increase likelihood of a timely release.
3-Waiting for Facilities
Another reason to apply with multiple bonds at a time is holding facilities can themselves have delays in releasing people. Holidays, high turnovers, and personnel work hours could all play into the length of time everyone waits. Know this and tell your relative so that more worries don't arise. In fact, your bondsman search is easier if you know to avoid those who eagerly share how fast they can work on your relative's case. Reputable bonding employees won't promise artificial release times or make claims about their speed in processing different cases.
Stepping back and considering bonding issues prior to bailing out someone mentally prepares you. Bail bonding services personnel can be asked several bail-related questions to settle any reservations you may have.