Responsibilities of a Bail Bond ContractWhen someone is arrested for a crime in Denver, he or she is usually escorted to a local sheriff’s station for booking prior to being remanded to the Denver city jail or county jail.  Once the defendant has been booked, there are a number of options to get released, but the most likely one is Denver Bail Bonds.

Keep in mind that even for bail bonds boulder, the process is basically the same. Someone pays bail on the defendant’s behalf, the defendant is released from jail, and the person who paid bond has certain responsibilities to be aware of. These are the same whether the bond has been paid by an individual, or a bail bondsman.

  • The number one responsibility of the person posting bail is to make sure the defendant returns to court on whatever date or dates have been scheduled. Unless there is some sort of a medical emergency, the scheduled court dates are usually not negotiable.

  • If the defendant doesn’t make his or her court date, the person who posted bail may have to take on other fees if a fugitive recovery agent is hired to track down and bring the defendant back to court.

  • Finally, if the defendant cannot be located and returned to custody, whoever has posted bond is completely responsible for the full amount of bail originally set by the court. This means that if the court set bond at 10 percent of $10,000 – meaning only $1,000 was paid up front – the person who posted bond is also responsible for the remaining $9,000. This becomes problematic for many people, especially if they put up collateral (real estate, a vehicle, personal belongings) because it will be used to pay for the bond and not be returned.

Bail bond companies understand that extenuating circumstances may keep someone from making a court date – and illness or vehicle breaking down – but the consequences can be severe. These situations could easily be remedied with a phone call to the bail bondsman or whoever else posted bail.

Questions to Ask Yourself Before you Bail a Loved One Out of Jail

Bailing someone out of jail is serious, whether for an individual or bail bond company. If as an individual you receive a call from a friend, loved one, or even casual acquaintance asking to be bailed out of jail, you’re not obligated to make a fast decision. Take time and think things through. As such, here are some questions you should ask yourself before bailing someone out of jail.

  • Do you trust the person whom you’re thinking of bailing out? This should always be the first and most important question to ask. Sometimes, bailing a friend, loved one, or acquaintance out of jail is best left to a professional bail bond company.

  • How well do you know this person? Is this person an immediate family member? A trusted co-worker whom you work with daily?

  • How long have you known this person? While you may want to “do the right thing,” you are in no way obligated to bail someone out of jail whom you only met a few hours before at a party.

  • Is this person responsible enough to meet a court date on his own or her own without being babysat? A related question is do you have enough time to watch a person to that extent?

  • Does this person have other friends or family nearby who could help?

Finally, does this person have stability in his or her life? Things like a steady job or solid personal and professional relationships are a good indicator of whether you should consider bailing this person out.