When bailing a loved one or friend out of jail it is important to know beforehand everything you’ll be responsible for. Once a defendant has been arrested they will go before a judge who will set their bond. This bond must be paid before the person can be released from jail. The bond is refunded after you make your appearance in court. However, sometimes the bond is too high for one person to pay by themselves. This is when bail bond companies can help you get your loved one or friend out of jail.
Bail Bond companies will charge you a percentage the overall bond which they will keep before posting the actual bond. Collateral is usually used to ensure the defendant will show up for their court appearance.
What is an Indemnitor?
When using a bail bond company to get your loved one or friend out of jail, you will sign paperwork for the bond. As the signer of the bond, you become the indemnitor for the individual in jail. An indemnitor is an individual who assumes financial responsibility for another individual’s bond.
As an Indemnitor, What Responsibilities do I Have?
As an indemnitor you are assuming full responsibility for the defendant. There are three main responsibilities as indemnitor.
Ensuring the Defendant Appears in Court
As indemnitor your most important responsibility is ensuring that the defendant appears in all court appointments.
Paying for Additional Costs
As indemnitor, you are also responsible for paying any incurring costs involved with the court case. Until the case is fully resolved, there may be additional costs.
Failure to Appear
If the defendant fails to appear the judge will issue a warrant for the defendant’s arrest in order to bring them back to jail. As Indemnitor you will be responsible for paying for all additional costs including a fugitive recovery agent, if one is needed to bring the defendant back to court. If the defendant cannot be immediately located and brought back to jail, the indemnitor will be responsible for paying the entire amount of the bail originally set by the court. If collateral was used when signing the contract with the bail bonds company, it will be used to pay toward the bond and will not be returned.