Everything is going just fine and then one day you get a call from the jail. It is your best friend and they are locked up for whatever reason. Actually, there are plenty of reasons why someone could end up in jail without a violent crime or a felony. This is not unheard of. If you have never bailed anyone out of jail before, you may not know what to do for your friend.
You go down to the jail and find out that the bail is set at $5,000. Naturally, that is too much money for you to pay. Now what do you do? This is where you start to follow the traditional path on how to bail someone out of jail. It starts with going to a bail bondsman. The bondsman can post the full amount of the bail as long as you pay a certain amount and agree to be liable.
In most cases, the cost of the bond is ten percent of the bail. In this case, the bond is going to be $500. As it turns out, your friend has an unpaid ticket and missed a court date so a warrant was issued for his arrest. No matter how many times you shake your head in dismay, the problem will not just go away. After you place the bond, the bondsman pays the bail on behalf of your friend.
The only way to avoid this is to be bonded before anything has happened. You can bond yourself and an employer can as well. When you think about it, this is actually a good idea so then you don’t lay the burden on any friends or family should you happen to end up in jail. You will not have to pay anymore as long as your friend attends all court dates.