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Should You Bail Someone Out Of Jail?

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Bailing someone out of jail can be a big decision because if the person misses their court date, you are held liable for the full amount of the bond if you paid a bail bondsman. If a person is facing jail time, having the ability to walk free during the time of their trial can help them to get their affairs in order and make appropriate arrangements if they do face jail time. Posting bail can also make sure a person can still go to work, still care for family members, and more.

Perhaps one of the most compelling reasons to bail someone out of jail is to make sure that they can work on their defense. It can be extremely difficult to meet with a lawyer on the inside of a jail or speak in private.

Making sure that a person can discuss the details of their case freely and choose legal representation that can suit the needs of their case can be important. Posting bail could mean the difference between winning and losing a trial for a conviction.

If the person you are bailing out of jail has…

  • prior arrest records
  • a history of the missing court
  • bad credit
  • or you just don’t feel like they will make that court date

…then maybe think twice about posting the money.  Or, try to find other options for them. Most bail companies will work with people on payment options, or collateral (like holding onto a car, boat, or home title, or even jewelry or other valuables).


Eli Richardson August 27, 2021 at 9:00 am Reply

It’s great that you talked about what to consider if someone asks you to bail them out of jail. Recently, one of my cousins mentioned his friend got into some trouble and needed to get out of jail. My cousin didn’t know what to do and is worried about his friend, so I’ll be sure to share your information with him. Thanks for the advice on how you could get a professional bail bond service for a loved one.

Andrea R Blankenship November 13, 2021 at 5:48 pm Reply

Can I bond someone outta jail while begin on bond

Thomas Kane November 14, 2021 at 12:48 pm Reply

If you mean can you bond someone out of jail if they are already on another bond? You will have to cover both bonds. 2 separate charges on a bond means there are 2 bond fees to be paid. Instead of working with the court yourself, you might try calling a bondsman who may be able to work something out that you cannot do yourself.

Autumn May 18, 2022 at 10:16 am Reply

If someone has bonds in 2 courts can they be rolled together? And then cash or secures means they have to have collateral? And will they need 2 collateral? Also is it possible to use a car and after they are out possibly start paying money to use as collateral until cash is equal to amount and pull the car title up?also in Arizona are you able to look up who posted bond?

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