If you have a friend or family member who was arrested and has already been before a judge, they may have been given a bail amount. Because of this, they may have contacted you to ask if you could post the bail so that they do not have to sit in a cell all night or over the weekend.
If you have never bailed someone out of jail, all you may know about the process is that you need to go through a bondsman if you do not have the cash readily available. If so, below are answers to a couple of questions you may have about posting bail for your friend or family member.
1. Can You Use a Bondsman to Bail the Person Out over the Weekend or at Night?
One question you may have has to do with the timing of posting the bail through a bondsman. Can you contact a bail bonds service over the weekend or at night for help with bailing your friend or loved one out of jail?
Usually, bondsmen are open nights and weekends, allowing you to bail someone out at all hours and every day of the week. As soon as you receive the call, you can start calling services in your area to see if they can help you.
2. What Information Will You Need to Find Out How Much Bail You Need to Post?
Once you have found a bail bondsman who can help you, your next question may be about the information you need. What information about the person should you have and where can you get this information?
When posting bail, you will need to give the agent the person's name and contact information along with their inmate number, the charges they are facing, and the bail amount. You can find out this information by calling the jail, or the agent may be able to help you get this information.
When you get a call in the middle of the night or over the weekend from a friend or family member who needs help getting out of jail, you can go through a bondsman at those off times to post bail for them. To get the information needed to do this, you can call the jail and request the inmate number, bail amount, and charges so that the agent can easily find them and begin the bail process. If you have other questions, contact a bail bonds agent in your area for more info.