Phone a friend: A friend, significant other for family member will need to help you with a bail bond license once you are arrested and in need of a bondsman. Remember that one phone call you get? Be sure it’s someone who actually can help you out.
Locate a bondsman: Your helper can locate one through the phonebook, taking into account amenities such as legal service, bilingual staff and specialization of certain populations (such as tourists or college students). Some places even offer comfortable waiting rooms for the friends and family waiting in line to bail you out.
Examine your assets: Cash, cars, homes, land and valuables are all items that can be put up for bond collateral. Just know that you can lose these at any time if you don’t comply with the terms of your release.
Know the conditions of your bail bond license: Know that if you fail to appear in court, your home, land, car or valuable belongings can be sold or auctioned off. Conversely, know when these conditions have been lifted in order to make smart decisions about your property.
Put down collateral for your bail bond license: Once you know your assets and the consequences for not appearing in court, it’s time to sign a contract with the bailsman. Your cosigner will solely be held responsible if you don’t hold up your end; something to consider.
Understand what happens if you don’t appear in court: In addition to harming the person who vouched for you, you can be arrested again, be held in contempt of court and lose all of your bail.
Appear in Court: This is the way you ensure you receive your bail back.
Trial Commences: Appear in court for the duration of the trial to keep your bond money and avoid additional trouble.
Receive Money Back: Regardless of verdict, you will receive your bond back if you appear in court every time you are required to.
Understand What You’re Getting Back: Bail bond license fees are fixed, and bondsmen cannot adjust. They do charge a premium that varies, and you don’t receive this back after trial.