Hope for the best, and expect the worst. This cautionary remark can easily be applied to someone who finds himself in the position of having to help a friend get out of jail. But instead of merely sitting back and expecting the worst there are some things that you can do to keep things from going south.
First of all, find the right bondsman. You might go to the internet for information, or you could ask around to see if anyone you know has had any experience with a bail bondsman. But this could take up a lot of time which is the one thing that your friend doesn’t want to waste. Every jail posts a list of bond agencies that are familiar with the jurisdiction. The fact that these bondsmen have a good knowledge of the workings of the facility will be an asset, and their offices will probably be close by so that help can be on the way asap.
The best way to understand how bail works is to think of it as just another kind of insurance policy. You will pay a premium which will be determined by the amount of the bail set by the court. Count on paying 10%.
Before you go any further there are some things you should consider. No matter how much you trust your friend, remember that anyone can make a stupid decision when they are faced with possible long-term imprisonment. Once you sign your name to a bail contract you take on accountability for the actions of your friend. If he becomes a fugitive from the law, you will be held responsible for the bond that he has forfeited and you will have to pay up.
One way to protect yourself is to enlist another co-signer to share the responsibility. Your best bet may be to go to your friend’s relatives and ask them for some support. After all, your friend is their family and you can only hope that they are on good enough terms to want to contribute to the cause.
If you find yourself in need of a reputable bail bondsman in the state of Colorado, call BWB Bail Bonds @ 720-358-2901.