Washington state residents often know very little about bail bonds until they become an immediate necessity. Then they often get a crash course. However, getting the right information at the right time can help prevent a bad situation from becoming worse.
Bail bondsmen in Washington need a fair amount of personal information on the person securing the bond as well as the one who has been accused of a crime. From you they will need mostly personal information concerning where to find you and your ability to repay the bond if the defendant skips bail. The defendant’s information is necessary in order to ensure that the right person is being released with the bail money. That information will include the defendant’s name, date of birth, arrest date, location of incarceration, and the charges that have been filed.
A criminal history in some states may prevent you from getting a bail bond but that isn’t necessarily the case in Washington. The odds are that it will make it more difficult, however. The bail awards are generally determined according to the crimes being committed and the same across the board. However, mitigating circumstances, such as previous criminal convictions, flight risks, etc. can cause the courts to adjust the bail amount accordingly.
For the most part, collateral in Washington should be as close to equal as possible to the full amount of the bail that’s owed.
When you’re looking for a bail bondsman in Washington, be sure to check out the Internet. Not only is it an excellent resource for locating many options, all the information you need to contact them is right there. It’s a good idea to contact a few via email and get a few quotes in writing for comparisons.