An arrest may have a significant emotional, physical, and financial toll on an individual. However, there are four things you can do to get bail quickly and, in many cases, totally avoid being “booked” and spending the night in jail.
1. Contact a 24/7 Bail Bond Agency
You or your loved ones should contact a bail bond agency to begin working on your release. Make sure you use an agency located in your community. The closer the agency is to jail, the faster they can post the bond.
2. Who should be responsible for the bond?
The person responsible for the bond, referred to as the Indemnitor, has two duties. The first is to provide payment for your bail. Secondly, to guarantee your appearance or pay the full amount of the bond should you not appear. The person acting as Indemnitor for the bond should have good ties to the community, have a solid relationship with the defendant, and have assets to cover the bond. Some bail agents do not require that a cosigner come to the bail bond office. Instead, they can secure payment and the necessary signatures online, saving time and a needless trip.
3. Contact a Criminal Defense Lawyer
Defendants should consider aiding the services of a lawyer, especially if a conviction would result in a jail sentence. A criminal defense lawyer can work on your behalf to have bail set or lowered. They can also work for a dismissal of your charges. Finally, a criminal defense attorney can help you manage the potentially confusing and overwhelming criminal justice system.
4. Avoid arrest
If you have a warrant and wish to avoid arrest, you should consider doing a walk-through rather than waiting for law enforcement to show up and take you into custody or surrendering yourself. A walk-through is a simple procedure that can keep you from seeing the inside of a jail cell that takes only an hour or two or require you to change clothes.