Should I post bail?
Questions Often Asked of a Bail Bond CompanyThe most common question most parents ask is: "should I post bail?" They're thinking of all the times they sternly told their teen (and maybe their parents told them): "you go to jail, be prepared to spend the night." A night in jail is a lesson nobody will ever forget.
However, jail conditions vary widely. For instance, in Los Angeles County, a college student who isn't bailed out quickly from a local jail may end up in the Twin Towers or Men's Central Jail facilities. We're not talking about the Mayberry jail with gentle Otis as a cellmate. These jails couldn't be farther from Mayberry if they were located on the Moon.
In Los Angeles, a night of college carousing can have serious implications. Jail is a scary place to be and can be dangerous. As the Los Angeles Times reported in 2006: "With nearly 6,000 inmates some of whom are only awaiting trial the Men's Central Jail is also one of the nation's most violent facilities. Since 2003, nine inmates have been killed in the jail."
Of course, not all arrests land a young person in a violent jail, but location is an important consideration. Many small community jails don't keep detainees for a long period of time. If they aren't bailed out quickly, defendants are transferred to larger city or county facilities and have to go through the arrest and booking process all over again.
That promised "night in jail" could literally become days in jail if the student isn't bailed out promptly.
Any way you cut it, dealing with the legal process itself is enough to "teach a lesson" to any student who will learn it. The student suddenly is faced with the embarrassment of arrest and booking, loss of personal freedom, and the prospect of explaining himself to the law and court system. College students make mistakes and show bad judgment parents might say horribly bad judgment but leaving them in jail longer isn't necessary to create an impact.
Bail Bond Agents Prefer to Work with Families
Don't be surprised if your college student calls someone else first when they're arrested. Bail bondsmen get a lot of calls from friends or roommates, mainly because no kid wants to call his parents from jail. Usually though, parents have to get involved if bail is required. Even though college friends want to help, most don't have the means to pay the full bail amount and often dont qualify for a bail bond from a bail company.
A bail agent usually insists that a parent or family member get involved to vouch for the student and take responsibility for making sure he'll show up in court. Generally, parents and grandparents know the student best and know that the matter will be addressed seriously. Distance isn't a problem: bail agents work with clients around the world by phone, email, and fax. Most take credit cards and can handle wire transfers and other payment methods. When necessary, a bail bondsman may even arrange a payment plan.
When you contact a bail agent, be prepared to answer some questions about yourself, the student, and share some financial information. The bail bond interview process may seem intrusive, but its a necessary part of determining risk. If the person getting bailed out doesn't show up in court, the bail bond agent, and ultimately the person who bailed him or her out, is liable for the full bail amount. Agents have to be very careful and make sure they're dealing with people who will take responsibility for the situation and keep their promises to appear in court.
For parents, it's terrifying to have a child in jail and even worse if the jail is out of state. But bail bond agents can help you 24 hours a day no matter where you're located. They'll explain how bail bonds work, provide payment options, and advise you on whether you even need to start the bail bond process.
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