Co-signing a bail bond is a huge responsibility and liability. You’re essentially assuming the consequences if the defendant does not make his or her payments, skips court or possibly violate other terms of release that are dependent on the bail bond. We know you desperately just want to co-sign the bail bond because you’re sympathetic for your very close friend or relative, but you should really weigh certain things before signing off:
- It is the co-signer’s duty to ensure the defendant appears in court and meets all other terms and conditions.
- It is the co-signer’s duty to ensure the defendant does not violate any terms of his or her bail and release.
- The co-signer may have to pledge collateral for the bond. This is most often property, electronics, jewelry and vehicles. The bail agency only keeps collateral if the defendant does not show in court. Otherwise, it will be returned at the conclusion.
- The co-signer should notify the bail company of the whereabouts (if known) of the defendant if the defendant tries to flee. Otherwise, the co-signer will have consequences (such as collateral taken).
- The co-signer may request the defendant to undergo certain programs and evaluations (like drug tests, mental health evaluations, etc.) before agreeing to co-sign the bail bond.
Luckily, co-signers can request to have their name taken off the bail bond if he or she begins to feel uncomfortable with the defendant. Then the bail bond is retracted and the defendant will be taken into custody. So if the accused commits another crime, or the co-signer believes the accused will not go to court, the co-signer has the right to cut ties with the situation to ensure their own safety.
If you are in need of a bail bond for your loved one, please call Oakdale Bail Bond Store at 209-575-1010.
We can discuss how you might be a co-signer. Oakdale Bail Bond Store protects the rights of the accused but also of the co-signers – we are on both of your sides because we work to achieve the best possible outcome for all.