Appearing In Court And Afraid Of Going To Jail? Find A Bondsman First

Posted on: 6 February 2020

When you know that you have to face a judge and go to a court date and that you could be sentenced to jail time or taken to jail to wait for another hearing, prepare in advance. Make things easier on yourself, your family, or those that may have to help you by preparing.

This means taking the time to find a bail bond service professional in the area, getting the funds ready to set bail, and then making sure everything else is taken care of as needed. Here are some of the things to consider.

Get Approved for Bond

The bail bonding professional will put up the total amount of bond needed, and you only have to pay a fraction of this amount, usually around 10 percent. As long as you show up at your following court appearance and the bondsman gets their money back, there won't be problems.

Before putting up the money, the bonding company will want to do a credit check. They will check your legal history, and they will likely want information about your finances to prove that you can afford to pay the money if you skip out on your next court date. Find a company that will approve you or find a co-signer that will help and can get approved.

Get the Money

Based on the crime you're accused of, you may have a general idea of what the cost will be to pay 10 percent of the bail. Make sure that you have this money ready. You can do one of the following:

  • Take the cash out and keep it as a deposit with the bondsman before the court date
  • Provide the bondsman with a credit card to use when you call
  • Borrow the money or let someone close to you know what bonding company to use

If you are going to have to set up a double mortgage on your house or you want to put up an asset like your car, these are things you will have to talk with the bondsman about in advance.

If you have an upcoming court date, you fear that you will be sent to jail to await another upcoming court date, and you don't want to spend your time in there, find a bail bonding company. This is one of the easiest ways to get yourself out when you need to. Make sure you have it set up in advance.