If you or a loved one is in trouble with the law, you may need a bail bondsman to help. For someone who has never done this before, the process can be a bit overwhelming. At A-Affordable Bail Bonds, our goal is to help you every step of the way. Here is a quick look at the information you need when contacting our agency.
The Full Name of the Person in Custody
The bail bondsman will need to know the full name of the person in custody. Do not give any nicknames or shortened versions of their name. Give the legal name as it appears on their driver’s license. If you do not give the correct information, the person in custody will need to stay there until you provide the correct information.
The Location of the Person in Custody
In order to assist, your bail bondsman will need the exact location of the person in custody. The paperwork they draw up to send to authorities depends on the correct location. If you do not have this information, it is important to go and get it before contacting someone for help. The best information to have is the name of the location, the address complete with a zip code, and a phone number. The more information you can provide, the more prepared the bondsman will be.
The Booking Number
When a jail books someone, they receive a booking number. This becomes their ID while they are in custody, and usually up until the court date. It helps the facility to keep important information on each person. The bail bondsman will need this number in order to apply the paperwork and the payment to the correct account. The jail or other facilities can give you this number if you call them or ask at the front desk. When your loved one calls from jail, they may also be able to supply this information.
How Much Bail Do You Need
It is important to know how much bail you need when placing the call. You have a few choices when paying a bail bond. You can pay the entire amount directly to the court. This can happen on your own and does not require a bail bondsman. If you cannot afford to pay the entire amount of bail, a bail bondsman will take 10% of the total amount of bail. A-Affordable Bail Bonds takes credit cards or payment plans as payment for this total amount. If neither one of these is possible, the person will stay in jail until their court date.
Once you know the amount of bail needed, you can calculate the 10% figure. The bondsman will communicate with the jail to deliver the paperwork and complete the process as soon as you pay the 10% in full.
With these details in hand, you will be ready to make the call. For more information on how to obtain a bail bond or how to help a friend, contact A-Affordable Bail Bonds. We can help you navigate the process and get the assistance you need.