If your spouse has been arrested, try to remain calm. By keeping a cool head, you will help your spouse to remain calm and both of you will be able to make the right decisions. And there are a lot of decisions to be made.
First, get all of the information you can like the name of the jail your spouse was booked at, the booking number, and the arrest charges. If you are able to speak on the phone with your spouse, remember that the call is most likely being monitored. Don’t say anything that could be incriminating or could be misconstrued.
Second, get your financial information together. Do you have enough money to pay for cash bail? Even if you do have enough you may want to consider getting a bond instead. Here’s why:
- It could affect your spouse’s ability to get a public defender.
- After the outcome of the trial, court fees and fines may be deducted from your bail before it is returned to you.
- If you have all your money tied up in bail you may not be able to afford a private lawyer.
If you don’t have money, do you have something to offer as collateral? Collateral is something of value like vehicles, real estate, jewelry, etc. Putting up collateral for anyone is risky and should be considered carefully. If the defendant flees, your collateral will be sold to pay the bail. Even your spouse could panic and flee and you could possibly lose your house.
When you’ve got all of your pertinent information together, call a licensed bail bond agent. The bond agent will explain the process to you, charge you a non-refundable premium of 10% of the bail amount, and get your spouse out of jail, usually within a few hours.
While the bond agent does his/her thing, call a lawyer if you don’t already have one. Ask the people you know for a recommendation for a criminal defense attorney. If they don’t have one, try the internet, but be sure to vet them at the Better Business Bureau website and with your state’s Bar Association.
Once you find a lawyer, call to see if they are taking on new clients, and if they are, give them the information on your spouse’s arrest and where he or she is being held. If your spouse has qualified for a public defender, that attorney will get in touch with your spouse directly.
If your spouse isn’t allowed bail or is in jail for more than a day, make sure you visit often. Having contact with loved ones through visitation, email, or letters will help your spouse through this difficult and stressful situation.
Make sure that you stay on top of any court dates that your spouse has. If you are the indemnitor, meaning you arranged for the bond, you are responsible for your spouse and must ensure that he or she makes all scheduled court appearances.1st Knight Bail Bonds can help if your spouse has been arrested and is in jail. We’re available 24/7 to answer your call and to begin the bail bond process as soon as possible. Call 1st Knight Bail Bonds today at (727) 538-7727 and we’ll get your loved one back home before you know it.