During this time, parents are happy, but stressed over paying for college and providing funds for their freshman. This is why getting the midnight call that their college student son or daughter needs bail money is so shocking and painful. Adding stress and worry on top of financial obligations can be a recipe for a nervous breakdown. No parent dreams of bailing their college student out of jail after sending them off to exceed their life goals; and this can be especially worrisome for out-of-state students. However, in these times, there are local campus bail bond services available for parents and students in need.
How to Bail Your College Student Out of Jail
It is quite normal for parents to get overwhelmed with a variety of emotions upon discovering the arrest and detainment of their college kid. Fear, worry, stress, confusion, disbelief, sadness, and even anger are common reactions to this kind of news. The reality is that it is quite normal for college students to have brushes with the law, and in most cases, the arrest charges are for something petty and minor, like public intoxication or fighting. Most kids will attempt to calla friend or bail themselves out of jail; but they typically wont qualify. It is much faster and effective to include a family member that has the qualifications to cosign for a bail bond.If, or when, your college student calls for bail money, simply follow these instructions to get the safest and quickest release from jail: Simply ask your child about their arrest, charges, and any details you might need to give a bail bondsman. If you cannot get any relevant information regarding your son or daughter’s arrest and detainment, don’t worry; a bail bondsman can gather that information for you. Next, contact a local bail bond company. Be sure you choose an experienced and reputable agency.
They will then you a series of questions, including name, address, employment, and so on. If out of state, a bail bond agency will email or fax you an indemnity agreement for you to sign. This agreement can be explained over the phone by a bail agent, but it is basically transferring responsibility for the student’s appearance in court. If the child misses their court date, the signer of the bail agreement is responsible for the entire bond amount unless they can bring their kid to jail and turn them in. A bond amount can be thousands of dollars, so no one wants to be stuck having to pay for it. Each state regulates how much a bail bond company can charge for their services, meaning there are no “cheaper bail bondsmen” around. You simply need to choose your bail bond company bases on reputation and customer conveniences. A bail bond agent is generally able to charge anywhere from ten to fifteen percent of a person’s bond amount. This means if a student’s bond amount is five thousand dollars, a parent will pay anywhere from $500 to $750, non-refundable, for bail bond services.
Once the agreement is faxed or emailed back, signed and dated, and the money transfer has gone through, your son or daughter will be picked up by the bail bond agent at the jailhouse, and give them a ride to their office to sign some exemplary paperwork. A person must be processed and booked before they are eligible for release. Depending on the amount of traffic in the jail, the number of jail staff, and the behavior of the inmate, booking times can vary. Also, if your son or daughter was arrested under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they cannot be processed for 8 hours, so they are sober. Then they can be processed into the system, and released on bail. They are responsible to show up for their scheduled court hearing to get their sentence.