If you’ve ever gone through the ordeal of a friend or family member being arrested, you know how difficult the situation can be. Whether you witness the incident in person or find out via phone call, it can be hard to know what to do next.
Hopefully you’ll never encounter this situation, but if you do, here are some ideas for how to help.
Stay calm and get organized.
First, start gathering all the relevant information you can. This is much easier to do if you’re calm and organized. If the person is calling you, find out which correctional facility they have been taken to, what they have been charged with, when they expect their bail bond to be set (if it hasn’t already been), and any other pertinent information. If they already have an attorney, get the name and contact information.
Contact a bail bondsperson.
Once the bail bond has been set, contact a reputable bail bonds person if paying cash isn’t an option. It’s best to post bail as swiftly as possible, as this allows the arrestee to leave jail and go back to work, take care of their family members and start working on the defense for their case. States regulate bail bond fees, and they are usually set at 10 percent of the total bail bond set by the court.
Find a reputable lawyer.
If the person who has been arrested doesn’t have a lawyer yet, help them find a qualified defense attorney who can inform them of their rights and represent them in court.
If you have any questions about the arrest process or need immediate assistance for a loved one who’s been arrested, please don’t hesitate to reach out.