The idea that someone you care for has been arrested and booked into the Maguire Jail can have your brain feeling completely scattered.
The only thing you can focus on is getting this person released from custody as fast as humanly possible. Some clients will walk into a bondsman’s office with a stack of cash. They know the cost to arrange a bond will be 10% and they want the agent to know they mean business.
Other times, they’ll hop on the Internet and call the first company that comes up. “Can I just give you my credit card number of the phone? I want you to go to the jail right away and this seems like the fastest way to get this done. How quick can you get there?”
Although payment of the bondsman’s fee is something that needs to be worked out, there is still a bit more to the Maguire Jail bail bonds process. There is still some paperwork that will need to be filled out.
When you agree to help get someone out of jail you are first and foremost taking responsibility that this person will go to court. There is also a legally binding document that will need to be signed indicating you are OK with making this promise.
The bail bonds agreement form is standardized and is used by every bail bonds company in California. It has an application page, where you’ll be asked to fill out contact information for both you and the defendant. You will also be asked to provide the name of their employer and a phone number for the company.
The second page talks about terms and conditions. The person who cosigns for the defendant is also referred to as the indemnitor. As mentioned previously, the indemnitor is agreeing to take responsibility that the accused will handle their case.
If the defendant fails to appear the judge will revoke their bond and issue a bench warrant for their immediate arrest. If they missed court on accident the can be easily solved. They will want to contact the bondsman as quickly as possible. The defendant will be given a piece of paper that will need to be given to the court. This will allow for their bond to be reinstated, for the warrant to be lifted and for the case to be put back on the calender.
On the other hand, if they chose to flee from justice, this is where things become complicated. The bondsman and the indemnitor will have up to six months to get then back into the system. If they fail, they will be liable to pay the defendant’s full bail amount as a penalty.
If the person in custody is someone you do not know very well or someone you have not spoken to in a very long time, you might consider asking they reach out to a close friend or family member.
For more information as to the responsibilities you’ll take on when you cosign a Maguire Jail bail bonds agreement form be sure to contact a reputable bondsman you can trust.