When a loved one ends up in jail, we’ll often make rash decisions. We want to do everything possible to get them out of jail as quickly as possible. We’re willing to take a certain amount of risk for the sake of the comfort of a loved one, and we make a call to a bail bondsman. We’re willing to put our financial faith in a defendant. Most of the time, we’re not thinking about what happens if you’re unable to pay your obligation.
When someone doesn’t have the cash or credit available to pay a bail bondsman’s fee, they often put up tangible valuable property. Depending on the cost of bail, this could be something small like a cherished piece of jewelry. In larger cases, it could be a car or even a house. When you offer something tangible, you’re taking a big risk. If the person who you’re bailing out doesn’t comply with the conditions of his bail, you risk losing something that may be extremely valuable to you, or even something necessary to your quality of life.
It’s important to be calculated in your risk, when choosing to bail someone out of jail. If the burden of forfeiture would financially destroy your family if the defendant no-showed a court appearance, you’re assuming far too much risk, and should reconsider posting bail, or find another means. You have to make a rational decision. Yes, you’re concerned about the well-being of a loved one, but is that person someone who you would trust with the deed to your home?
Many bail bondsmen will be able to assist you in making a decision regarding acceptable risk. You’ll be consulted on what levels of risk might work best for you before you make a final decision. If a bondsman is unwilling to have this type of conversation, you may be dealing with an agency that is simply in business to make money. A good bail agency is concerned with helping families remain on stable ground throughout the court process. A good bail bondsman will help you make the right decisions.
If you decide to put up collateral to assure court appearance, you have to be sure the defendant is going to appear in court. Even extremely intelligent people who are facing charges can make rash decisions. They can panic, and in that panic, they may make a bad decision and want to skip town. It’s important that you’re there for them emotionally, and provide a rational and logical voice of reason. Remind them that you’re taking a huge risk because you love the person, and that if they don’t fulfill their obligations; you risk losing something very valuable.