Like car accidents and the flu, posting bail is something most of us hope we never have to deal with. However, events happen and rather than pretend everything will be alright it is up to the individual who has been arrested to help fix the situation as quickly as possible.
At Chance Bail Bonds we want to you get out of jail as quickly as possible so we offer some simple tips for how to handle being arrested and posting bail.
Relax: This is easier said than done but if you panic there is a very good chance you will say something you regret or act out in a way that will only prolong your incarceration. When you are in the custody of the police the best advice is to take a deep breath, admit to yourself that this is real and begin to think about how to correct the problem. You will be under a lot of stress, especially if it is your first time being arrested but is imperative that you maintain a sense of calm to avoid doing anything that can make a bad situation worse.
Make that Call Count: You get one phone call, so make it count. Don’t waste your time on people who can’t help you and choose your local bail bond agent. Most bail bond companies operate 24/7 so your call will most likely be answered and then you can make arrangements to get out of jail as quickly as possible. An experienced bail bondsman will be familiar with the bail process so they will be able to help you understand what will happen to ease your anxiety.
Post Bail: Once you have made arrangements with a bail bondsman they will help you finish the necessary paperwork and will post bail for you. However, this doesn’t mean you will immediately be released from jail. Then jail you are in may have different criteria for securing a release so again, be patient and allow the process to unfold. The environment you are in will not be ideal but the goal is to get out, not prolong your stay so refrain from using loud or profane language with the police.
Follow the Bail Rules: When you post bail you will be asked to appear in court at a specific date and time. DO NOT MISS THIS APPOINTMENT. On the day of your appearance dress professionally, address the court and judge with respect and politeness. Nothing will get on a judge’s bad side more than disrespect and a poor attitude. Showing up late, dressing like a thug and speaking out of turn could land you back in jail real quick.
Before your court appearance you should contact a lawyer and see about legal representation. A court appearance can be intimidating and the legal jargon used may confuse you. Before you say something you don’t want to say or agree to something you don’t fully understand, seek the help of a lawyer experienced in the crime you have been accused of to ensure you don’t make any costly mistakes.