The steps in getting out of jail on bail start when your lawyer successfully argues for you to be released. The judge sets the bail amount based on the crimes for which you are accused. From there, the steps require help from other people you know.
Bail Is Set and Family or Close Friends Have to Find a Bond Agent
Bail bonds are secured documents that stipulate that you will appear before the judge at your next hearing and will not leave town or the country. You’re released for a price, and the price is attached to the bail bond. If a judge says you may be released on $25,000 bail, the bond agent will help you get out for a percentage of that amount. However, your family or a close friend has to produce the required percentage to give to the bond agent.
Finding a bond agent is the next step. Whoever you know that has decided to help you with the bail money has to find the bond agent. Some bond agents work directly with the courts to streamline the process. Ask your lawyer if there’s a bond agent you can send your family member or friend to see.
Meeting the Bail Bond Agent, Signing Paperwork, and Handing Over the Money
Once your friend or family member chooses a bond agent, they meet with the bond agent to go over paperwork, sign it, and give the agent the money. The bond agent is on the hook to pay the courts the remaining percentage that the courts expect. You are notified of the rules you have to follow to be part of this agreement and be freed from jail.
The Bond Agent Takes the Paperwork and Money to the Clerk of Courts
The bond agent goes to the clerk of courts and files the paperwork and surrenders the money. Then the court creates a writ to release you. If this process starts on a Thursday or Friday, it’s unlikely you’ll be released before Monday. If it begins on a Monday, you should be released by the end of the week. To avoid being placed back in jail, you have to follow the rules of being bonded out.