The arrest of a loved one can be one of the most stressful things you will ever experience. If you have just been notified that a friend or family member has been taken into custody you will want to do your best to keep a level head. You will also want to contact an expert Alameda bail bonds company.
If you are able to speak with the defendant try to gather as much information as you can. Ask them how long ago they were arrested, which jail they were taken to, the nature of the crime they are being accused of and their bail amount if they know it. You will also want to ask for the correct spelling of their first and last name, date of birth and booking number.
When you sit down with the Alameda bail bonds representative they will ask you a series of questions about the person who is in custody. They will want to know if this person lives in the area, if they rent or own their home and whether they are currently employed. You will then be asked to fill out a bail bonds agreement form.
When you cosign for the defendant you are taking on two very important responsibilities. The first is that this person will go to court. If the person in custody is someone you haven’t spoken to in a long time or if it is someone you do not know very well you might consider having them call a close friend or family member. The percentage of people who skip bail is very low. This is not to say it never happens.
If the defendant decides to flee from justice a bench warrant will be issued for their immediate arrest and their bond will be revoked. The bondsman and the person who cosigned the Alameda bail bonds contract will have 180 days to get them back into the system. If they are not successful they will be on the hook to pay the defendant’s full bail amount. If the bondsman needed to hire a bounty hunter, or fugitive recovery agent, the cosigner will be responsibility for covering that cost. If the cosigner put up collateral that item will be considered forfeited.
Your second responsibility is for payment of the bond. Most people will pay in full using a debit or credit card. On the other hand, if you signed up for a bail bonds payment plan, you will need to make payments until the balance is resolved. If your account goes into default it will be sent to collections. The default will also be reported to the three major credit bureaus and it will have a negative impact on your credit report.
If you have additional questions about the responsibilities you’ll take on when you cosign an Alameda bail bonds contract be sure to speak with a trustworthy bondsman in your area.