Two Things to Consider Before Cosigning Bail Bonds

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If you’ve been asked to cosign for bail bonds, you’ll want to know that when you sign, you’re taking on full legal responsibility that the defendant will go to court and finish their case.

If the defendant decides to make a run for it because they’re wanting to evade prosecution, you could find yourself on the hook to pay their full initial bail cost to the court as a penalty.

Before you sign on the dotted line, you’ll want to ask yourself how well you know the defendant. Is this a longtime friend or family member, or is it someone you just met? If the person in jail is someone you barely now, you’ll want to suggest they contact a close friend or relative.

Second, is the bondsman asking you to put up collateral? If the bondsman is asking you to put up your home, you most certainly do not want to do that unless you are 100% positive the defendant will go to court and finish their case.

If you’ve been asked to cosign for bail bonds but you have additional questions about what your responsibilities would be, call our office now at 888-224-5266 to speak with a local bondsman you can trust.

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