When a person gets arrested and booked for a serious crime they must wait in jail until a bail hearing. At the bail hearing the judge will set the bail amount. If the person can not afford bail they must wait in jail until their court date. But there is a better option, hire a bail bondsman.
When contacting a bail bondsman have as much information as possible including the full name of the person in jail, what jail they are in, their booking number, and the charges. Most bail bondsman are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will likely answer the phone regardless of the time of day.
If you are near the jail, the bail agent will meet you at the jail to post the bond. If you are not in the same city as the defendant all paperwork and payments can be handled electronically or over the phone.
The bail bondsman will post the bond once the premium has been made and any collateral has been signed over. Then the defendant will be released from jail.
The process of getting out can take a short time or hours depending on how crowded the jail is. After the person has been released they must show up for all court proceedings and meet any conditions set by the bail bondsman.
If the defendant fails to show up for court, the bail bondsman will be required to pay the full bail amount. When this happens or when the defendant violates the bail conditions the bail bondsman will locate the defendant and take them back to jail. Keep in mind that if the defendant does not make their court date you could lose any collateral that was signed over with the bond.
As long as the defendant complies with terms set by the bail agent and shows up for all court dates you shouldn’t have anything to worry about. Regardless if the defendant is found innocent or guilty the bond is exonerated or completed once the trial is over.