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What Age Do You Need To Be To Bail Someone Out Of Jail?

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What Age Do You Need To Be To Bail Someone Out Of Jail?

The age you need to be in order to bail someone out of jail is 18, although a lot of bail bonds companies might require that you be 21 or over. The reason for this is that in the U.S., no minor can enter into any legal contract.

If you are using a bail bonds company, remember that qualifying for a bail bond is at the sole discretion of the bondsman. You will likely be required to provide some proof that you have the capability to pay for the full bail bond. So if the bail is $10,000, you would need to pay the bondsman 10%, or $1000 and the bondsman has the right to refuse if they feel you do not have the means to pay the full $10,000 in case the person you are posting bail for runs or misses their court date.

What Happens If The Person You Bailed Out Misses Their Court Date?

If you paid the full bail amount on your own without a bondsman and they fail to show up in court, you will lose the money you paid for their bail.

If a bail bondsman was hired to pay the bail on your behalf and the person doesn’t show up for the court date, the bondsman will end up being required to pay for the full $10,000. At which point they will send a bounty hunter out after the defendant and come after the defendant, you, your work, family and friends to collect the money they lost. See what happens if you bail someone out of jail.

Bail Bond Fees Explained

The bail premium is set by law in Kansas at 10% of the amount of bail. If bail has been set at $10,000, a bail bond company can only charge the defendant $1,000. It’s possible that some bail bond companies will offer payment plans, particularly for higher bail amounts. Read more about this here.


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