If a friend or loved one gets arrested, it can be a confusing and stressful time. If you know how to help them, you’re a step ahead.
The Bond Process:
If you have never had to post a bond before, here are some tips from the expert legal team at Hampton Law, which proudly serves the Fort Worth and North Texas area.
You have a few choices when it comes to posting bail:
You can post the bond yourself. If you have the money, you can post the bond yourself to get your loved one out of jail. The bond acts as a guarantee that the person will return to the court for their case.
If they miss the court date, you will lose your bail money. If they show up you will get your money back.
You can get a surety bond. In this situation, you would work with an emergency bail bondsmen to put up the bond. They will take the risk that the person will show up for court, but there can be some contingencies. The person may have to check in with the bondsman for a period of time. They often ask someone to be a cosigner, so they take less risk. It is important to work with a reputable bondsman that won’t overcharge or request too many contingencies.
You can work with a reputable law firm to handle the bond requirement. In the state of Texas, a law firm can post the bond, and represent the person charged. That way there’s only one fee to pay, instead of one to the bondsman and one to the legal firm.
Once the bond is posted the jailed individual will be released, but it can take from 24 to 48 hours. It is based on how serious the matter is and if the individual has had prior arrests.
No one wants to deal with these situations as many of us haven’t had these issues before, but it is good to know that there are people to help you post bond and get out of jail as quickly as possible.