Helping someone post bail, or being arrested yourself, is a stressful and dramatic situation. Jail release requires legal and financial decisions and a lot of patience. Once a person is taken into custody, there are common questions that initially arise about bail bonds and how to get bailed out of jail. Here are five frequently asked questions about bail bonds and the bail bond process.
How much is My Bail Going to Cost?
This all depends on the state you are in and the charge you have been arrested on. The typical cost to post bail in California is 10 percent of the original bond amount, however lower rates are available to qualified applicants.
How Long Will I Be in Jail Before I Can Post Bail?
The amount of time you spend in jail depends on several variables. The size of the facility and jail workload will directly influence the time a person stays in jail waiting for release. If you are arrested while awaiting trial on other charges, then you may be held until your next court date. This varies from case to case.
If you are arrested on alcohol charges, bail will be denied for at least 8-9 hours depending on the city that arrested you. A person must be sober to be processed. If 8 or 9 hours is not enough time to sober up, a person can be held longer before bail is allowed. You must be processed to be bailed out, but you must be sober to be processed.
Can I Call Someone From the Jail for Help?
Yes. Many people are misinformed if they think they only get one phone call in jail. The jail will allow you to make as many calls as you like. Not all jails have a phone inside the cell. A community phone may restrict the availability to make calls. A pay phone is the only phone available. Collect calls are the only option for inmates. Sometimes cell phone providers do not accept collect calls from the jail. It is recommended to call a local number that can accept collect calls. Landlines are the most consistent way to reach people outside of jail for help. If you do not have anyone with a home phone line, a bail bond company can offer help and accept collect calls from jail anytime.
If you are attempting to bail a friend or loved one out of jail, and your cell phone provider allows collect calls, they may require you to set up an account with a positive balance to accept more than one call from the jail. Third-party companies will require an upfront fee of $20 or $30 in order to accept incoming collect calls from the jail. This is another situation in which a bail bond company can help with collect calls from jail.
Who Can Bail Me Out of Jail?
If you are arrested, a friend, family member or a lawyer can post bail for you. The limitations state that a person must be 18 years or older and have valid photo identification to bail someone out of jail. A person may decline to post bail for someone. It is important to make sure the inmate is not a flight risk. If the defendant skips their court proceedings, the co-signer is responsible for the full bail amount. They will also be required to help bring the defendant before the judge in a timely manner.
Should I Post Bail?
It is important to be sure you are making a safe decision when posting bail for a person. Ask yourself if they are responsible and if they are likely to show up for their court dates. Make sure they are willing to stay out of trouble during their court proceedings. It is a personal decision to post bail for someone. There are benefits to posting bond. The defendant will remain out of custody. This will allow the to work and do their normal daily activities.