How to get bail when you are in jail

Pay the bond immediately after the bail hearing, before returning to jail.

Pay the bond immediately after the bail hearing, before returning to jail.

If you are well prepared, you could pay bail even before returning to jail. For example, in New York, bail can be paid in court provided it is paid in cash. In Manhattan, there is a program that allows defendants to pay their bail using credit cards in some circumstances.

In this case, you will still have to pay bail using your own assets, using assets of your friends or relatives or using the services of a surety agent. The only difference between paying bail in court and doing it in jail is the location where you make the required payment.

Pay the deposit using your own assets.

Pay the deposit using your own assets.

After the bail hearing where the bail amount was established, you will go back to jail and be given the opportunity to pay bail if you can. While in jail, your first option to pay bail is to use your own assets. While this may seem simple, because you are in jail, it can often be difficult to access your personal assets. In New York, prisons accept bail payments in the form of cash and sometimes in checks. In addition, New York jails allow you to post bail through your jail account. 

If you are going to use cash or a check, you will have to ask a friend or family member to collect the bail money for you and take you to the jail where you are detained. If you are going to use a jail account, you will have to contact someone with access to your money and ask them to transfer it to your jail account. For example, if the amount of your bond is $ 10,000, you can call a friend and ask him to bring the $ 10,000 in cash that you have under your bed. When your friend brings this money to the right place, it will be released.

In some circumstances, you could guarantee your property (that is, use your property as collateral) in order to pay the deposit.  If you can do so, your property will be registered with a right of retention and, if you do not meet the necessary requirements to recover the payment, your property can be seized and sold. If you use your property to fulfill the bond, the property will generally have to be worth around 250% of the amount of the deposit. Again, you will have to organize this from jail, so it will be necessary to ask for help from friends and family in order to guarantee your property successfully and pay the deposit. Depending on the amount of bond required, you could use anything from a vehicle to a house to meet a bond requirement. For example, if your bail is $ 100,000, you can offer your house as collateral in order to pay the bail. In this case, a lien would be registered on your property and, if you did not appear in court, the state could foreclose and sell and collect the proceeds.

Ask your friends and family for help.

Ask your friends and family for help.

If you can not pay bail on your own, you may have to call friends and family to ask for help. If this is the case, they will have to pay the deposit in the same way as if you would pay it with your own assets. The only difference is the source of money or property.

When you call your friends and family to ask for their help, be sure to give them detailed instructions on how to post bail. This includes telling them the amount of the bond, the required method of payment, where it can be processed and when it should be done.

Be sure to inform your friends and family about the commitment they make to help you with the bail. Make sure they understand the risks involved, which include the possibility of losing the assets they provide.

Pay the deposit by means of a surety agent.

Pay the deposit by means of a surety agent.

If you can not post bail or if you do not have easy access to the required funds, you can choose to use the services of a surety agent to pay for it. However, some places do not allow bail bondsmen to do business. In these places, you will generally be allowed to pay a percentage of the bond on your own in order to be released. 

  • With a bond policy, the agent agrees to pay the amount of the bond in full to the court if you do not appear as required. 
  • In exchange for paying the deposit, the agent charges a non-refundable fee.  This rate is generally around 10% of the amount of the bond. 
  • There is also usually a contract with a third party, which requires a friend or relative to pay bail if you do not appear in court. 
  • For example, assume that your bond is set at $ 100,000. If you resort to a surety agent, you will be required to pay 10% of the bond, which would be $ 10,000. Once you pay the agent $ 10,000 and once he receives a promise from a third party to pay him the amount the agent has to pay the court, the agent will pay your bond and you will be released.