When a loved one lands in jail, it can be stressful for both you and the person who is being detained. Many people do not understand the processes involved in bailing someone out of jail, but there are many different factors to consider.

Understanding Bond

Generally, a bond must be set before the arrested can be released. This helps ensure that the arrested will appear in court. Before setting the bond, a judge might consider the arrestee’s criminal history, type of charge, facts, and residence.

Once the bond has been set, you can post the entire cash bond up at the jail yourself. By doing so, you ensure that the defendant will appear in court by paying the bond. Once the case is concluded, you are entitled to the entire bond amount you put up.

Using a Bail Bondsman

If you find that you cannot afford to pay the entire bond, you might consider hiring a bail bondsman. The bondsman typically requires a fee between 10 and 12 percent of the bond amount for putting up the entire bond. The bondsman’s fee is not returned.


If the arrestee is on probation or parole while in jail, a hold might be placed, preventing his or her release. A hold may also be placed on the detained if he or she has an active warrant. The warrant would first need to be cleared before the arrestee can be released on the new charge.

If you have any questions about bailing someone out of jail, or need help with bail bonds, give us a call at 337-234-3330 or fill out our online form to schedule a free review of your case.

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