Can I Pay for Bail Bonds Without Being Responsible for the Defendant?

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My brother was arrested last week, and he’s being held in the Orange County Main Jail. He’s in there for a few warrants and I’m not getting the full story. We aren’t really close (we haven’t spoken in about 18 months) and he’s estranged from the rest of the family. I feel bad that he’s sitting in jail and I’m willing to pay the 10% to get him out, but I don’t want to be responsible for making sure he goes to court. If I pay can he sign for himself?

We understand your concern! Unfortunately, it sounds like your brother won’t be eligible to sign for himself, especially since he had a few warrants. Generally, if someone wants to cosign for their own bail bonds, they will either need to own their own home and/or have a very strong credit score (most bail bonds companies will want to see a FICO score that’s over 700.) There are situations where one person can pay, while a second person signs to guarantee the defendant will go to court, but based on what you’ve told us, it sounds like your brother has distanced himself from your family. If he has a spouse, or close friend that he’s known for a long time who is willing to help, we may be able to help you proceed.  For more information call our office now at 888-224-5266.

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