Thursday, July 2, 2009

Frequently asked question # 1

When I co-sign to bail someone out, what other factors should I consider?

When you sign the bail agency's paperwork to bail someone out, you are in essence vouching that the defendant will comply with the court fully. Should the defendant miss a court date, flee, or behave in such a way that the bail agency must work to apprehend him/her, you will be responsible for all related costs the agency incurs. This includes but is not limited to paying bail enforecment agent ("bounty hunter") costs, investigation fees, and related expenses. You run the risk of forfeiting your collateral and being billed for the added fees. HOWEVER, as long as the defendant follows-through with all court dates and instructions, you will have nothing more to fear!