Someone Got Arrested, What to Do Next?
How to Bail Someone Out of a Utah Jail
Jail is one of the last places we ever want to see our loved ones. The uncertainty surrounding the whole jail experience affects not only the inmate, but it is often very stressful for their friends and family. If you find yourself in this situation, Bad Boys Bail Bonds Utah wants to provide you with the information you need so that the bail bond process goes as quickly as possible, and you can be reunited with your loved one.
How to Find out if Someone has Been Booked in Jail
Before starting the process of bailing a loved one out of a Utah jail, the individual must first be officially booked. Booking occurs after the arrest, and is simply an administrative process during which the authorities record information on the person and crime, take fingerprints and mugshots, search the defendant, and remove property.
After the booking process is complete, the individual is placed in a cell or, if they’ve been arrested for a minor offense, they may be given a written citation and released on their recognizance. The release can only occur after signing the citation and promising to appear in court at a later date.
What is a Bail Bond?
Bail is cash, a bond, or property that an arrested person gives to a court to guarantee that they will appear for future court proceedings. If the defendant fails to show up, the court may keep the bail and issue a warrant for the defendant's arrest. A court may also keep the bail if the accused commits new crimes, intimidates victims and witnesses, or flees to another jurisdiction.
Utah Bail Bond Process
The first thing to do when diving into the bail process is to start with the basics and gather the defendant’s personal information. You will want to include the individual’s:
- Date of birth
- Place of arrest, and
- Date of arrest (if known)
After that, the bail bond process is not the most intuitive, and it is recommended you get assistance to help with the process and all the parties involved. Bad Boys Bail Bonds offers help and expertise in expediting the bond process. They can help you determine the jail in which the defendant is located, and if they have been booked already. If your loved one has just been arrested, it is likely they will be in the jail of the county where they were arrested; Bad Boys Bail Bonds will let you know if that is the case.
Bad Boys Bail Bonds Utah also helps you find out the bail amount. The bond amount is 10% of bail set; so if bail were set at $10,000, it would cost a non-refundable $1,000 to bail the defendant out of jail. As explained above, if the defendant does not show up to court, the person who bailed them out is responsible for the full $10,000.
What Do You Need to Bail Someone out of a Utah Jail?
The requirements to bail someone out of jail in Utah are not strict. Any person 18 years or older may bail someone out of a Utah jail if they have 10% of the total bail amount, and they must be present in order to cosign the necessary paperwork to release the defendant into your custody. A lawyer is not necessary to bail someone out. Finally, note you are now liable and need to make sure that the defendant makes it to future court proceedings.
Utah Bail Bond Agent
Bad Boys Bail Bonds Utah is friendly, confidential, and serves the entire state. We work quickly to bail your loved one out 24/7, 365 days a year. Call Toll Free at 1-866-569-1131 to get in touch with a professional Utah bail bond agent.