What will you do when the phone call comes in the middle of the night and a loved one or family friend has been arrested? This can be a stressful time. When someone is arrested a bond is set. Sometimes it is more than people can afford to pay. Therefore, they need the services of a bondsman.
How to Find a Bondsman
Many people have no idea how to find a bondsman or what it entails. With the popularity of the Internet, this is often the first place people look. There are generally several located within most locations. Search by typing in ‘bail bonds’ and the state where you live. The results will typically include several with offices in various cities and counties. One example of a company offering York county bail bonds is Liberty Bail Bonds.
What Does the Bondsman Do?
Once you call the bonding company, they will need to get some information about the person who is incarcerated. If you are going to pay the bondsman, they will need information from you as well. This information includes addresses, phone numbers, birth dates, social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, and work information. They will advise you of the amount of money needed to secure the release of your loved one and meet with you so you can sign a contract and pay this amount.
What Happens Next?
The bondsman will pay the bond amount, and your loved one will be released to await their court appearance. This can sometimes take several hours depending on how busy the jail is and the time of the day. Once they are released they can go home and plan their strategy for answering the charges against them. This can include consulting an attorney. It is important to contact a bondsman as quickly as possible. Spending a lot of time in jail can result in the person losing time at work or even their job. If they are the primary wage earner, this can have devastating results.
The bondsman will explain how important it is that the person shows up for all court appearances after being released on bond. If not, the bondsman will lose their money. They will use all resources at their disposal to find the person and take them back to jail. If you are returned to jail for jumping bond, it is very likely that you will have to stay there for quite awhile.