If you’ve been asked to cosign for someone’s bail bonds, there are a couple of things you’ll want to consider. When you sign the bail bonds contract, you’ll be agreeing to take on two legal responsibilities. One, you’re taking responsibility for payment of the bail bonds fee. Second, you’re taking full responsibility that the defendant will go to court and finish their case.
If the defendant is someone you just met, barely know or haven’t talked to in years, do not cosign for their bail bonds, even if they say there is no one else that can help. If they’ve burned all the bridges with people who know them well, this is a very big red flag. If the people who are closest to them don’t want to take on the responsibilities of cosigning for bail bonds, you shouldn’t want to do this either.
If the defendant isn’t stable, they’re unemployed, couch surfing and/or just moved to the area, don’t cosign for their bail bonds. If they’re not working, don’t have their own place and don’t have ties to the area, there is a much higher chance they can pack up and leave without handling their legal responsibilities, which means you’d be liable to pay their full bail amount to the court.
For more information on when you should, or shouldn’t cosign for Los Angeles bail bonds call our office now at 888-224-5266.
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