The justice system isn't always the most swiftly operating body. In fact, it's not uncommon for people to wait months, and sometimes, years before their case progresses to trial. If you plan to sign a bail bond for someone, you must understand what your responsibilities are during this period.
When a person is out on bail, it's not always the case that they will have court appearances before their trial. In some instances, the defendant might not ever return to the courtroom until their trial or sentencing takes place. However, even if this scenario is the case, the person will likely be required to submit to mandatory check-ins that mimic that of someone on parole.
It's vital that the person you signed the bond for attends each one of these required appointments. If they do not, the person will be found in violation of their release terms. It's your responsibility to ensure the person attends each of these sessions, so make it a point to follow their schedule closely.
Following the Law
The defendant is also required to follow the terms of the law while they are out on bond. Only a part of this requirement includes refraining from drug use; there is much more. Depending on the terms of the case and the person's criminal history, they might also be required to cease contact with any person who has a felony record, avoid alcohol use, and even adhere to a curfew.
As you might have guessed, it's in your best interest to ensure they stay on track. If the person does not follow the law and they are re-arrested, you might be forced to pay extra fines.
Fleeing the Area
When it comes to signing for a bail bond, as long as the defendant follows the terms of their release, all is typically well for the signee. However, when it comes to issues such as fleeing the area, things can go downhill quickly. It is critical that you ensure the defendant remains in the area while out on bail and does not flee.
If the person leaves, refuses to return, or the bail bond company is unable to get ahold of them, you could be on the line for the entire amount guaranteed by the company for their release, as well as extra fees. For this reason, it's critical for a person to only sign a bail bond release contract for someone they trust and know.
If you have additional questions about what to expect when a person is out on bail, a bail bond agent can assist you further.