Before you commit to bailing someone out of jail you should be sure that you are aware of any and all of the responsibilities that you will be taking on.
You will be putting up your own money to pay the fee for the services of the bond agency. You should know that this fee is not refundable, it’s the price you pay for the bond, much like an insurance premium. If you expect to be reimbursed for this expense establish that understanding with your friend, the defendant before you contact a bondsman.
How well do you know the defendant? If he is a longtime friend or a family member you should be able to trust that he will be grateful for your help and will keep your best interests in mind as well as his own. You will most likely know the same people that he knows, where he lives and have his current contact information. On the other hand, if the defendant is someone you don’t really know that well you may want to second guess your inclination to trust his word.
Don’t lose track of the defendant. If there are any stipulations attached to the bail agreement you may be in jeopardy of losing your investment if the defendant fails to live up to his part of the bargain e.g., associating with known felons. If he strays from the straight and narrow while awaiting his trial date you will want to know about it right away so that you can alert his bail agent. This will be a lot easier if you live in the same neighborhood or if you are familiar with his lifestyle habits. Any serious violations of the terms could prompt the court to revoke the bail.
The most important factor in your decision is to be assured that the bail agency that you are working with is well established in the community and is represented by experienced and trustworthy agents. BWB Bail Bonds in Denver fills the bill. Call 720-358-2908 to talk to an agent today.