Without seeing it coming, many people are put into the position of helping a friend or loved one who has been arrested. While the bail process is happening, many don’t take the time to really think exactly what the responsibilities are when signing for a bail bond.
When you bail someone out of jail, at least two things are required. First is a non-refundable fee, a monetary figure that needs to be paid to the bail bond company. It is important to remember that this bail premium is never refundable in any condition. Second, when signing a bail bond contract you, (the indemnitor) are responsible for indemnifying the bail bond company for any losses resulting from the bond being forfeited by the court.
When signing a bail bond contract, the indemnitor will take on the following responsibilities:
- You, along with the help of the bail agency, will make sure the defendant returns to every one of their court dates without fail.
- If the defendant cannot be located, you will be made solely responsible to pay for the entire amount of the bail originally set by the court.
- Should the defendant fail to return to court, you will also take on the responsibility of paying additional fees, if the bail company has to hire a fugitive recovery agent to bring the defendant back to court.
Before bailing someone out, ask yourself these questions:
- Do you trust the person you are bailing out?
- How well do you really know them?
- Will they take on the responsibility of getting themselves back to court without you?
- Are they friends or family members?
- What is their work or school history?
In summary, the indemnitor’s job is to ensure the defendant appears at all scheduled hearings and that payments are made to the bail bond company. Once the case is resolved, the obligation to the bail bond goes away. If you or someone you know is in need of a bail bond, contact AAA Bail Bonds, with locations throughout greater Minnesota.