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Can You Bail Someone Out From Another State?

What happens if someone you know is being held in jail, but you aren’t in their state? If you want to get them out as quickly as possible, you’re going to have to figure out a way to get them out long distance. But that can be extremely complex; often, it’s better to get help from a professional.

Why Do They Need to Be Bailed Out?

Anyone can bail themselves out if they have enough money to do so, but if they don’t have the full bail amount, they need a bail bond. A bail bond can’t be given to a single individual; another person is going to have to guarantee it.

A guarantor is necessary in the event that the person being bailed out jumps bail. If the bailed-out person does leave, the guarantor becomes responsible for the full amount of the bail, which means the guarantor can’t just be any person. It has to be someone willing to take on that potential debt.

How Can You Bail Someone from Out of State?

There are two major issues, in practical terms, when dealing with out of state bail bonds. First is that the laws and regulations change from state to state, so you should be aware that bonding fees and bonding processes are probably going to be different from where you are.

You also may find it difficult to get the information you need. You need to know what county they’re being held in, what they’re being charged with, and how much money the bail is.

Once you do know where your friend or family member is, it becomes an issue of getting the money to the jailhouse and filling out the relevant paperwork. And that’s assuming that you have enough money to bail them out.

Why Should You Use a Bondsman?

Using a bondsman makes the entire process of out-of-state bail easier, as the bondsman can act as your advocate within the state. Not only will the bondsman be able to educate you regarding their local laws, but they’ll also be able to show up in person to bond your friend or family member out, which is necessary if you can’t produce the entire bail.

Bondsmen will also be able to get information regarding your loved one’s charges and where they are being held. Jail systems are generally controlled on a county by county basis, and a jail system can take days or weeks to update. Thus, a bondsman might have to do some research if your loved one has just been jailed.

What Do You Need to Bond Someone From Out of State?

Bonding someone from out of state does mean that you will need to go through additional steps to verify who you are, and you may need to electrically sign some documents confirming your identity and your promise to pay. You often want to send money in as quickly as possible to the bondsman, as the bondsman needs to collect your fee before they themselves pay the bond.

A bondsman is putting themselves in a vulnerable situation by trusting you, as they will need to procure payment for the full bail from you if your loved one skips bail. Consequently, each individual bondsman may also have their own requirements for an out-of-state bailout.

It’s easy to feel helpless when someone you love gets in trouble and you can’t be there for them. But you can still send them help. If you have a friend or family member in jail who needs to be bailed out, your first call should be to a bondsman to find out more information. Contact Absolute Bail Bonds right now to get started on the process of bailing your loved one out.