5 Ways To Protect Yourself When You Cosign For Bail
What You Need To Know When You Cosign For Bail
There is a good chance that you have either known someone who was sent to jail, or at some point in your life will know someone who gets sent to jail.
It may be a co-worker, a friend or even a relative. No one wants to see someone they care for, locked up and if you are able, will probably do whatever it takes to help them get out as quickly as possible.
Getting a bail bond is one of the fastest ways possible to get someone out of jail. To do this someone other than the defendant will have to sign for them. Before you sign for someone, no matter how much you care for them, you need to know the facts and potential pitfalls of doing so.
If you decide to go ahead and cosign for someone be aware of the following.
Below are some important things to know about co-signing a bail bond
- The accused will be released from jail.
- The co-signer has the authority and duty to make sure the accused appears at all court hearings and meets any other bond requirements.
- The co-signer can request stipulations before co-signing, such as a requirement that the accused attend a drug treatment program or undergo a mental health evaluation.
- If the co-signer becomes uncomfortable with the accused actions, such as other illegal acts, he or she can ask the bail bond company to cancel the bond and return the accused to jail.
- If the accused flees or refuses to go to court, the co-signer can contact the bail bond company and let them know where the accused is so that he or she can be picked up and returned to jail.
Not everyone can co-sign bail bonds. The person must be a citizen of the United States and have lived in the same area for a predetermined period, have stable employment and have sufficient credit. Laws may vary by state.
If you do decide to sign for someone be sure to follow these five tips to reduce your risk.
- Keep in contact with both the co-signer and the defendant through daily phone calls or personal visits
- Occasionally check with the defendant’s place of employment to ensure they are working and maintaining their responsibilities.
- Maintain current records by periodically asking for verification of information from the defendant and co-signer.
- When signing paperwork with a bail bonds agent make sure you read everything you are signing and ask questions about anything you do not understand.
- Have a strong relationship with the defendant you are signing for. You are much less likely to have a defendant skip bail if they are a close relative or friend. Never cosign for someone you do not know very well, or don’t completely trust.
It is important to work with a Bail Bondsman you can trust.
M&M Bail Bonds has the experience you need to get out on bail and back to your life. Give us a call (201)441-9088