Protect Yourself When Co-Signing In Santa Monica

It is only natural for someone to want to help a loved one, or dear friend when they have been arrested, and are being held in custody. Most will contact a professional bail bonds company like ours for assistance, and will even agree to co-sign for the defendant, to ensure they can be released. There are some risks involved with this, and you need to make sure you know what they are, and what to do in the event that the defendant ‘skips’ bail.

Santa Monica Bail Bonds is the #1 bail bonds company in Southern California. We have earned this reputation by offering, and providing unequaled services to defendants, and their families. The well being of our clients is always our top priority.

In the event you get a call from a loved one who has been arrested, and is being held in custody, naturally the first thing you will do, is call a professional bail bond company such as Santa Monica Bail Bonds. Our company will require certain information such as, the full name of the defendant, what they have been charged with, and where they are being held. This information will assist us to start the release process much faster.

When hiring the services of a bail bonds company, you will be required to fill out some paperwork that will show the terms and conditions of the bail bond contract, and what is required in order for the defendant to maintain their freedom up until their court appearance. If you are signing on behalf of the defendant, you need to be aware that by becoming a co-signer, you are also accepting responsibility for the defendant.

A co-signer is also referred to as an indemnitor. Santa Monica Bail Bonds will always explain every detail of what your responsibilities are, as well as the consequences however, it never hurts to know some of this information before you call us, or offer to assist a defendant. The bail bond fee, which is a non refundable payment to the bail bonds company, has to be paid before the release process can commence. The bail bond fee is 10% of the total amount of bail, however, Santa Monica Bail Bonds will work in financially with qualifying clients, with either a payment plan, or accepting collateral.

If you do sign, and become responsible for the defendant, you will also be responsible for the financial consequences if the defendant doesn’t adhere to the conditions of their bail. If the defendant ‘skips’ bail, our bail bonds company offers the following helpful tips.

  • Contact. If you know the defendant is about to skip bail, or has, contact us immediately.

  • Forms. Fill out any forms required by our company. Ensure you can provide as many details as possible, including any plans you know the defendant has made to violate their bail bond agreement.

  • Travel Agents. It is also a good idea to contact local Travel Agents, and inform them of the situation, and give them the our telephone number to contact in the event the defendant tries to secure travel plans. By informing them a crime has been committed, they are obliged to be of assistance.

  • Fees. You may also want to pay any additional fees that the bail bonds company requires to obtain a certified copy of the bail bond from the court, in order to have bail revoked.

If you, or a loved one has been arrested, call us immediately on (310) 496-7586. Whether you just want to ask some questions, or seek assistance with having a loved one released from custody, our firm is happy to assist at any hour of the day or night. Our website also contains even more valuable information.

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