Making bail is very important to anyone whose freedom is in jeopardy. The stress of being under arrest, coupled with the sights and sounds of the jail environment, may make it difficult for one to concentrate on the processes and procedures that are necessary to ensure that bail is made as expeditiously as possible.
For those of modest and low income, the problem of making bail may be compounded due to the possibility of having insufficient funds to cover the cost of bail. The process of making bail is a simple endeavor, but it may have hidden pitfalls for those not accustomed to this aspect of the legal system.
Step one in the process of making bail is to present yourself to the judges in a professional manner, with neat and clean clothing, neatly shaved face, and well groomed hair. It is important that you speak as clearly and concisely as possible when asked questions concerning your charges, as well as to give honest answers; lying to judges will delay your bail and may lead to new charges.
Present yourself in the best light possible regarding your positive aspects (such as being hard working or a family person, or if you're a student) and give reasons - not excuses - for engaging in the behavior that led your criminal charges. Presenting yourself professionally and positively may lead the judge to give you a lesser bail, or possibly even release you on your own recognizance.
After learning the required bail amount, it is important to make sure that you have the funding needed to obtain your release. Funding may be acquired through the use of a credit or bank card, relatives, friends, personal cash on hand, real estate property, and vehicles to which you have the titles.
Once you obtain the funding to meet your bail, it is advised that you call a local bail bondsman. He will instruct you how to can obtain your release; it usually involves some paperwork, and you will have to pay the bondsman 10%-15% of your bail or bond. There is usually a list of available bail bondsmen near the holding cells of most jails. Once you contact a bail bondsman he will come to the jail to receive the 10%-15% bail from you, you will sign the bail agreement, and he will sign you out of jail.