Getting arrested can be a stressful and confusing ordeal, and those who find themselves in police custody typically want to find the fastest way back out of it. Usually, a bail bond is going to be the fastest way to get out of jail, but that process can be jeopardized by making the wrong choices after you’ve been arrested. Below are a few common bail bond mistakes to avoid in order to ensure you spend as little time behind bars as possible.
You will likely be asked several questions by the bail bond company, court, or both, while you’re in the process of securing bail. The questions are intended to make sure you’ll be able to pay your bail and that you can be relied upon by the court to show up for all of your court dates after you are released from police custody.
Responding truthfully to every question asked is extremely important. Failing to do so could result in your bond being revoked in the future, or winding up right back in jail.
Choosing the Wrong Cosigner
A cosigner is often necessary when bailing someone out of jail, and choosing the right cosigner is crucial to ensuring you get out of jail as fast as possible. The cosigner will need to be approved by the bail bond company and will require a government-issued ID, proof of employment, proof of residence, and other things.
Not just anyone makes a good cosigner. You want someone reliable, responsible, and most importantly, trustworthy.
Waiting to Secure Bail
Sometimes when a person is arrested during odd hours, they assume they will need to wait until business hours in order to secure a bail bond. However, most bail bond companies, including SCV Bail Bonds, are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Bail does not need to be posted during normal business hours.
In order to minimize the time spent in custody, it’s best to have the bail bond process started as soon after the arrest as possible.