You may feel like letting your friend sweat it out in jail, especially if you’ve been awakened in the middle of the night by a phone call asking you to bail him out – don’t jump to that decision. There are a lot of things to consider.
If your buddy has been arrested by the town police and taken to the local jailhouse you may think that it won’t do him any harm to spend one night there, teach him a lesson maybe. The fact is that it could be days before a defendant is brought before a judge. There is also the possibility that he may be transferred to the county jail where he will have to go through processing all over again and where he may be exposed to a dangerous criminal environment. No matter how annoying that midnight phone call may have been, you wouldn’t want to see your friend put in that kind of jeopardy.
Other people are likely to be affected by the arrest. If he is kept behind bars for too long a time a defendant could be at risk of losing his job which in turn could risk the security of his dependents. Employers can’t afford to hold the job open even for someone who has proven to be an asset to the company.
Arranging for bail isn’t all that difficult if you have the help of a well established bonding agency. Your bail bondsman will take over as soon as you give him a few details. He will need to know your friend’s full and legal name, the location of the jail where he is being detained and if bail has been set, what the amount is.
Your biggest obligation as cosigner may be to provide the collateral to secure the bond. A bonding agency is likely to ask for some sort of collateral if the defendant is seen to be a high flight risk meaning that he may be likely to flee the jurisdiction to avoid judgement.
Call on BWB Bail Bonds for help when you need it. You can reach the Denver office @ 720-358-2908 anytime day or night.