In a prior blog, we briefly discussed a few considerations you should make when debating whether or not you should secure a surety bond in order to bail a friend or loved one out of jail. In addition to thinking about the financial and emotional repercussions of helping someone get a pretrial release, there are some very specific questions that you should ask yourself as you weigh your options. In today’s blog, we’ll review six questions that will help you make the best decision for yourself and your friend or loved one.

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Six Questions to Ask Yourself Before Posting Bail

Taking out a surety bond to secure a pretrial release for an accused individual is a financial decision that should be taken very seriously and made very carefully. If you’re trying to decide whether or not you should help someone you love, asking yourself the following questions can help.

Do I Trust This Person?

While it might seem like a no-brainer, emotions often get the better of us as we imagine a friend, family member, or someone else we love sitting in jail. It can be helpful to consider factors such as how long you have known this person and whether or not he or she has ever broken your trust in the past. If the accused has given you a reason to doubt his or her trustworthiness, it might be wise to let someone else step up to the plate for bail money.

How Well Do I Know Him or Her?

This question goes hand in hand with the previous one. Depending on the nature of your relationship with the accused, you may know him or her better than anyone else. If this person has been arrested and accused of something that seems completely out of character, you may need to rely on your knowledge of his or her personality and habits when deciding whether or not to post the determined bail amount.

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Would This Person be Tempted to Flee?

When you sign as an indemnitor on a bail contract, you are agreeing that you’re ultimately responsible for paying the full amount of the bail in the event the accused skips town. Does your friend or loved one live out of state or have friends and family members in another state? If there is any indication that the arrested individual has a reason or means to skip town and forfeit the bail, it may not be in your best interest financially to post bail for him or her.

How Responsible is He or She?

If you’re considering taking out a surety bond for the accused, it’s likely that you know him or her well enough to know how how responsible he or she is. Is the accused someone who has always taken ownership for his or her actions in the past, or does this person have a tendency to shirk personal and professional responsibilities. The answer to this question may provide a good indicator as to how seriously the accused will take the matter of their return to court.

How Stable is This Person’s Life?

We’ve all known someone that just can’t seem to get their life in order. This may be evidenced by jumping from one job to the next without worrying about the financial consequences, or even moving from home to home without setting roots down anywhere for long. If the person you’re considering bailing out of jail has a history of instability, it may be wise to be cautious about extending yourself financially for him or her.

What Kind of History Does this Person Have?

Finally, be sure you ask yourself about the accused’s prior history and any criminal record he or she has. As the saying goes, the best predictor of future behavior is past performance, and if your friend or loved one has a voluminous criminal history, the chances of him or her re-offending while out on bail may be high. Being honest with yourself in terms of the answer to this question can save you a lot of money and heartache in the end.

Hopefully, after asking yourself these questions, you’ll reach the conclusion that you feel comfortable bailing your loved one out of jail. If and when that time comes, Future Bail Bonds is here for you! We offer affordable surety bonds and customizable payment plans on premiums that are designed to meet your specific needs. Beyond that, we are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer any questions you might have about the bail bonds process. To learn more, call us at 909-990-5700 today to schedule a free consultation!