Picture this: you’re awakened in the middle of the night by a friend or family member asking for help after having been arrested. Through the confusion that comes when you’re awoken out of a dead sleep, you’re likely to have a few thoughts crossing your mind. Why was this person arrested? How can I help? Who do I call? If your first instinct is to contact a bail bondsman, you might also wonder what information you need to ensure your friend or loved one is released from jail as quickly as possible.
In today’s blog, we’ll discuss a few tips and pieces of key information that you’ll need when you contact a bail bond company for assistance. At Future Bail Bonds, our mission is to reunite loved ones by providing affordable, compassionate, and efficient bail bond services. If you’re not sure where to turn in your time of need, call us at 909-990-5700. We are available 24 hours a day for your convenience.
Gather Paper and Pen
Once you’ve received the call from your friend or loved one requesting assistance, be sure to grab some paper and a pen so you can write down all the pertinent details the accused can provide you. His or her time on the phone may be limited, and time is of the essence in these phone calls. Write down what you can and don’t worry about organization. If needed, you can organize and rewrite your notes after the call.
Gather Your Composure
When you receive an unexpected call from someone in jail, especially if it’s in the middle of the night, your nerves are likely to be a little frayed and your emotions running high. Prior to contacting a bondsman, it can help to take a moment to gather your thoughts and calm your nerves. This is also a good time to take a moment to think about whether or not you are willing to become a co-signer on a bail bond for your friend or loved one.
Gather the Necessary Information
In order for the bail agent to properly assist you and the accused, he or she will need a few key pieces of information. Before you reach out to a bail bond company, be sure that you have the following information noted:
- The name of the accused. This should be the full legal name of the arrested individual, as this is what he or she will likely be booked under.
- The booking number. This is provided to the accused when he or she is booked into jail. If you were not provided this information, the bail agent can locate it for you.
- The jail or prison your loved one is in. San Bernardino County has more than 10 jails and detention centers. Providing the bond agent with this information will be helpful in expediting the accused’s release.
- The set bail amount. This is not always immediately known. However, if you know the bail amount, the bondsman can further discuss potential premiums and other requirements for your loved one’s release.
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Hopefully, these tips will help you out if you find yourself accepting an unexpected call from a loved one or family member in jail asking for help. We hope you don’t get that call anytime soon, however, if you do, we hope that you’ll call on the team at Future Bail Bonds. We offer unsurpassed bail bond services to residents of Fontana and the surrounding areas, and we’d love to help you out. Contact us at 909-990-5700 to learn more!