3 Tips For Getting Someone Released From An Out-Of-State Jail

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Any type of arrest is stressful for the arrestee and their friends and family, but this stress is compounded when the person is being held in an out-of-state jail. Due to the distance, it might not be possible for you to secure the accused's release in-person. Here are a few tips to follow when securing someone's release from an out-of-state jail.

1. Consult with the Jail

One of the first things you should do is consult with the jail where the accused is being held. The jail is a valuable resource for information and resources that can help you get the defendant out of jail as quickly as possible. Here are a few things you might ask during your conversation:

  • When will bail be set for the accused?
  • What hours can accused individuals be released from jail?
  • If the accused's vehicle was impounded, where is it being held?
  • Can the jail recommend any local bail bond companies?

2. Utilize the Services of a Bail Bond Company

Many accused individuals have to post bail before they can be released from jail. The bail is intended to act as a safeguard that the accused will return and make all their court appearances. If the accused doesn't appear, they don't receive their bail money back.

Instead of trying to pay the bail using your own financial resources, consider using the services of a bail bond company. A bail bond company only requires you to pay a small percentage of the bail (usually 10 percent), and they'll cover the rest. 

A bail bond company is often well-versed in the procedures and guidelines necessary to secure one's release from jail. They'll know the fastest way to get the accused back home and have the resources available to post their bail. 

3. See If a Transfer Bail Bond Is an Option

Sometimes, a court might issue an extraordinarily high bail because the accused is viewed as a flight risk or there other extenuating circumstances regarding their arrest. An out-of-state bail bond company may be reluctant to offer the accused a bail bond due to concerns that the defendant will flee. Or they might just not have ample info to determine that the accused isn't a flight risk.

If you're in this situation, one alternative may be to use a transfer bail bond. With a transfer bail bond, you start the bail bond process with a local bail bondsman. They will then coordinate with the out-of-state bail bond company to post the accused's bail. A local bail bond company may be willing to fund a bail bond than an out-of-state bail bond business.

For more information, reach out to a professional who works with bail bonds


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