Learning a friend or loved one has been arrested can be stressful and emotionally draining. It our previous post we discussed a common way you can help. We took a look at co-signing for someone and learned that it means that you will take financial responsibility for bailing them out of jail. What happens after you post bail? In today’s post we’re going to take a closer look at your responsibilities as a cosigner after they’ve been released from jail. Should you cosign a bail bond? Let’s begin!
Awaiting Court Dates
After you’ve cosigned for your friend or family members release what happens next is very important. When you cosign for someone’s bail and they are released your responsibilities are not over after signing. The purpose of bail is to assure that the defendant will appear for their court dates and uphold their terms of release. If your friend or loved one skips bail, misses a court date, or violates their terms of release you will be held responsible. You will be required to pay any fines or fees and if you’ve opted to use collateral (such as cars, housing, belongings, etc) they will be collected by the bail bond agency.
Co-signing for someone’s bail may seem like an easy solution. However it’s important to consider the risks. It’s important to understand what your responsibilities are and what will happen if the defendant misses their court dates. Consider your relationship with the defendant and their track record. Ultimately you are the best judge of your situation – when deciding if you should consign it’s important to consider the risks as well as the benefits.
Contact Our Qualified Team Today!
Has a friend or loved one been arrested in Sedgwick County? Are you considering co-signing for a friend or loved ones bail? Contact our qualified team today at 316-755-5142 and let us help you navigate the process.