How to Post Bail

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Before attempting to post bail, it's important to find out if a specific bail has been set for the person in jail. Find out how to pay a bail bondsman a percentage of the bail with help from a certified civil mediator in this free video on posting bail.

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You receive that call at two o'clock in the morning that you've always dreaded and the call comes in to tell you that a member of your family or a very close friend has been arrested and is in jail and wants to get out of jail. You know something about posting bail but you've never done it before and you don't know where to begin. Hello I'm Robert Todd and I'm here to answer your questions. How to post bail to stay out of jail. Well, the first thing you want to do is find out if a particular bail has been set for your friend or loved one to get out of jail. Generally this information is obtained at an arraignment and by paying the bail the person that has been arrested is released from jail but is obligated to return to any and all hearings that are scheduled in this matter or forfeit the bail. In addition to forfeiting the bail they will be subjected to further criminal action for not appearing at a scheduled proceeding. Perhaps the easiest way to post bail is to pay a bonds person a percentage of the bail who then posts the bail for the person that's incarcerated. I'm Robert Todd and thank you for watching.

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