Being arrested and held in jail takes a tremendous toll on you mentally, emotionally, and financially. It’s costly. Even if you don’t lose time at work, there are fees in jail for food, hygiene products, and medical treatments. Let’s explore five ways you can speed up the bail bond process that can help you get released and back home fast. And, we’ll show you how Simply Bail can speed up the bond process every step of the way.
Once you are arrested, you’re fingerprinted, photographed, and booked into the local jail. Here, you’ll await your first appearance before the judge. This hearing is simply about confirming the charges and setting bail. This is not the time to argue the charges or state your innocence. Instead, this hearing sets the terms for your release until the trial. Once bail is set, you can pay it in full, though most courts accept only cash, money order, or certified check. Most people use the services of a bail bondsman to cover the bail that releases you to go home until you have to return to court for trail. Now, let’s see how you speed up the bail bond process.
You are not in control of the bail bond process — the police, the jail system, and the courts are in charge. Your goal is to do all you can to eliminate friction by being cooperative and following these tips to speed up your bail bond process.
Every step of the arrest, processing, and the entire bail bond process will go more smoothly if you can remain calm. Remember, the police and the jail staff are just doing their jobs. They don’t know you. Panic or anger will not serve you at this time. Whatever it takes to keep your cool and to communicate clearly will help you every step of the way.
After being arrested, you will receive one phone call. Choose a trusted friend or family member who will work as your “personal advocate” to get you released. Your “personal agent” will need to contact a bail bondsman, to process paperwork, and you may need them to cosign for the bail bond money. This is a matter requiring significant mutual trust.
Once you have a friend or family member working on your behalf, have them contact a licensed bail bondsman who is available to you 24/7. Bail agents are the experts on how bail bonds work. Choosing an experienced bond agent, respected in the community, and responsive at all times is the key to speeding up the bail bond process. Choose one who is “plugged in” and able to provide information, complete paperwork, and process payments immediately online. In turn, this can avoid the delays associated with having your friend meet with the bail bondsman in person.
Gather as much information about your arrest as possible from the moment it occurs. This step is ranked fourth because, in some cases, your bail bondsman will help retrieve some of this information. Your personal agent will need the following details to complete the paperwork required for your release:
These facts will be used to complete the necessary documentation and help your agent navigate the bail bond process.
You do not need an attorney to initiate the bail bond process or to post the bail bond money. However, criminal defense lawyers know bail schedules and can estimate the bail you will be charged before it is set. This can help you to start planning your payment. An attorney can also help cut through delays to setting your bail hearing, and, should bail be denied (a very rare instance), the attorney can advocate on your behalf.
Simply Bail is all about helping you and your personal agent navigate the entire bail bonds process seamlessly. Together, we can work on getting you out of jail as fast and easy as possible.
This is how Simply Bail works:
Simply Bail works to get you through the bail bond process fast. With Simply Bail, there’s no time wasted waiting for responses to emails, calls back, trying to find an available fax machine, or having to go into the bond agent’s office. Instead, your personal agent gets you out on bail entirely from the convenience of their electronic device on an expedited timeline.