The idea of getting arrested and needing to hire an expert bail bondsman can be pretty frightening but there are a few things you can keep in mind. The below tips will help you understand what to do if you’re arrested.
Commit a few phone numbers to memory. Bail bonds professionals get countless calls from inside the jail from defendants who can’t recall a single phone number for a friend or family member. Most bail bonds companies will want to work with a cosigner who is not in custody and if the defendant can’t point them to someone who can help this makes the bail bonding process much more difficult. It never hurts to memorize a couple phone numbers, just in case.
Don’t say anything incriminating while on the phone. All outbound jail calls are recorded. If you’re speaking with a loved one or a bondsman don’t say anything that could harm your case; only provide the basics. This includes things like when you were arrested, the crime you are being accused of, the jail you’re being held at and how much your bail is. If you do talk about the circumstances of your arrest, anything you say could be used against you in court. It’s best to stay tight lipped.
Don’t talk about your case with other inmates. You’re not in jail to make friends. Yes, you will want to be polite and cordial but it’s best not to talk about your case with anyone who is being detained at, or who works inside the jail. Jailers have heard it all and you won’t be able to talk your way out of an arrest and you never know if another detainee will try to trade your information for a reduced sentence. Try to say as little as possible and be as patient as you can while you wait for your bail bonds to be posted.