- The full name of the person in jail
- What jail they are in
- Their booking number
- The charges
- Any other information you can get
You may be wondering where you go to pay the bail. Depending on your proximity to the jail, the bondsman can usually meet you there. Some may be willing to come to your home. If you are in a different city, it can also be handled electronically or even over the phone.
Many different items of value can be used as collateral if the money for bail isn’t readily available. This can include property, jewelry, art, or anything else with enough worth.
After the percentage fee has been paid or the collateral signed over, the bondsman will post the bond. The person who has been arrested will then be released, though the time this takes can vary. It could be a short time, or it could take several hours.
Once the defendant has been released, the rules of being out on bail stipulate that he or she must appear for any court proceedings related to their case. They must also follow any other conditions that the bondsman has set.
If the defendant fails to appear in court or violates any of the mandates that were set forth, they can be returned to jail, and the full bail amount will be due.
They would also forfeit any collateral that had been signed over.
The bond obligation ends when the trial ends, whether the defendant is found innocent or guilty.