My coworker called me late one night and asked me to bail them out of jail after they’d been stopped and arrested during a traffic stop. It was an awkward situation, but certainly one that I was willing to help out with. I got the details that I needed and went to a trusted bail bonding company to help me get them released from jail as quickly as possible. I paid the bail, which was approximately 10% of the bond amount determined by the court and also signed a contract stating that I am responsible for them showing up in court on their specific court date.


Well, unfortunately, they were also fired from their job a week after the jail incident and I haven’t seen them since, and their court date is soon approaching and I’m getting nervous that they won’t show up. What will happen then? I’m scared, to say the least. Thank you in advance for your reply.


– Jody V.


Thank you for the question, Jody. First of all, you’re a good friend to do that for a coworker. Unfortunately, it’s situations like these that stress the importance of knowing what you’re entering into when you sign the bail bond contract. Once you sign the contract, you’re identifying yourself as the indemnitor. In other words, you become the individual who has agreed to assume the obligation normally placed on a surety if the person a bond was issued on defaults (doesn’t show up in court, for example).


In the unique situation that your coworker would willfully evade court, you automatically become the one lawfully accountable for helping the bondsman get your coworker back into court.  If the bonding company has to hire the services of a bounty hunter to bring the fugitive to justice, you, as the indemnitor, would also incur the additional expense of doing so.


That said, it’s extremely important that you first employ the services of a trustworthy, bonding agent that’s licensed to do business in your state. A professional bail bondsman will help you to fully understand everything that you’re getting yourself into if you desire to help a friend or loved one in getting out of jail. Doing the extra little bit of legwork in choosing a proper bonding agent might just save you all the extra unnecessary grief of finding yourself on the wrong side of the law when all you wanted to do was help someone out. Hope this helps!


Thank you.