A good bondsman will take down all of your vitals (height, weight, date of birth, where you hang out, what you drive, where you work, etc). The bondsman will also take a picture of you, any distinguishing marks and really get to know you before they fork over a bunch of money to the courts. Some will even go so far as to take a picture of your co-signor and get to know them and their property before releasing your bond. For more details click Freedom Libertad Bail Bonds.
If you fail to check in, or totally abscond (run away) and the bail agent or the co-signer are unable to locate you in time for trial, your co-signer is immediately responsible for the full amount of the bail. Once you are located and arrested by the bail agent or police department, the co-signer is responsible for all of the bail agent’s expenses while looking for you. All of this will be in the contract you and the co-signor have signed and must sign.
Remember, when dealing with a bondsman, don’t act out or talk brash. If the bondsman doesn’t think you will be coming back to court they have the opportunity to say no to your bail. They do not have to bond you. There is no law stating they have to bond you. So act accordingly.
If you are convicted there are certain steps you can take to flip the bond over for your appeal, this is all dependent on your bonding company and how you treated them. While you are waiting for your appeal in county jail or prison, remember you must also protect yourself, share your crime or charges with no one.
White collar, blue collar or no collar – when you go to prison you all go equally. Getting a good bondsmen is key to your freedom while fighting your charges. If you have an active warrant or simply need some advice before you turn yourself in, you should consult with a bail bondsmen to get all the facts about how bail bonds work in your state.