If your loved one has been arrested, and they've asked you to bail them out, it's time to give the request some serious thought. Posting bail is a major commitment, especially if bail is set at a substantial amount. When you post bail, you're vouching for your loved one's ability to leave police custody. While you don't like the idea of your loved one languishing in jail while they await trial, there may be times when it's the best option, especially if you'll be the one bailing them out. Here are four reasons why you might want to think twice about bailing your loved one out of jail.
You're Worried They May Jump Bail
When you post bail, you're assuring the court that your loved one will remain in the area and will show up for all their court dates. If your loved one fails to abide by the requirements set forth by the courts their bail will be revoked. If that happens, you'll lose any cash and collateral that you provided for their bail. If you're worried that your loved one may leave town, reconsider your decision to post bail for them.
You'd Have to Borrow Money to Help
If your loved one is charged with a serious crime, their bail may be set at several thousand dollars, or more. Unfortunately, that's a lot of money to put together for bail. Even if you obtain a bail bond, you'll still need to come up with about 10% of the bail amount in cash. If you'd have to borrow the money to post bail, try to have other family members help with funds.
They May Commit Another Crime
If your loved one has fallen in with the wrong crowd, and you're worried that they'll commit another crime while they're out on bail, it's time to sit down and discuss options with the rest of your family — and with their attorney. Bail isn't always the best option, especially when there's a risk that someone will get in further legal trouble while they're out of police custody. Before you commit to providing bail for your loved one, make sure you know that they won't get in further legal trouble.
They're Charged With a Violent Crime
If your loved one has been charged with a violent crime, especially domestic violence, and you're worried about the safety of the victim, it's time to reconsider your decision to post bail. The last thing you want is to have the victim subjected to harassment or further violence while your loved one is out on bail.
For more information, contact local professionals like those found at Hand In Hand Bail Bonds.