Know This When Concidering Bailing A Loved One Out Of Jail

Posted on: 5 August 2019

If you get a frantic phone call from a loved one calling you from jail, the first thing on your mind may be doing what you can to get them home now. However, you should have a clear understanding of what bail is and how it works before you run right down and put up bail for them. Here are some of the things you want to understand about the bail process and how to go about bailing someone out of jail.

Bail is often likely

When someone is arrested there will be a bail hearing. Some of the things that judges use to determine the bail amount include:

  • The nature and seriousness of the crime
  • The likeliness of them running
  • The likeliness of them committing additional crimes
  • The risk they pose to the community

You are a responsible party

When you bail your loved one out of jail, you are taking on the responsibility of them making it to court. This is due to the fact that you will be putting something of value that you own on the line and agreeing that the bondsman gets to keep it should your loved one skip their court date. Some of the things a bondsman may accept as collateral can include:

  • Land
  • Residences
  • Vehicles
  • Jewelry
  • Valuable Art Pieces
  • Recreational Vehicles
  • Anything else of equal value to the bail amount

The accused will go in remand detention if not bailed out.

If you don't bail your loved one out of jail, then they will remain in jail in what is referred to as remand detention. They will remain in jail until their court date for the crime that they have been accused of. For small offenses, this may only be a few weeks or so. However, for serious offenses, they may find themselves sitting in jail for a much longer amount of time.

A person who jumps bail can be hunted down

If your loved one does miss court, they may be hunted down and returned to the jail. There are shows built around this process, such as Dog the Bounty Hunter. If your loved one really goes on the run, then you should prepare to have your collateral kept by the bail bond agency, and if you put up your home or your vehicle, then this can be life altering for you. If you trust the person will go to court, you may want to help them out.