Can you bail myself out of jail if I get arrested?
Yes, if bail is set and you have the full amount of cash in the amount of bail, you can bail yourself out of jail and you’ll be held accountable for showing up for future court dates. If you fail to appear, a warrant will be put out for your arrest and bail will be revoked, meaning it will no longer be valid and you might even lose out on the money you put up for the bail.
Keep in mind certain restrictions may keep you from posting bail for yourself such as already having a record, you’re new to town and have no credit among other things – a bail bond might turn you down if that’s the choice you opt to if you don’t have the full amount of cash to put up.
How does a bondsman work; will I automatically get be able to get out?
Again, it depends on the circumstances of your case and assuming that you are approved by a pierce county bonds agency
Here is a simplified version of how a bail works when going through a bail bond agency – you wind up in jail and judge has set bail at $5,000 and you don’t have the full amount, however, you were approved by a bondsman – they will put up a % of money on your behalf. Check out the highlighted link above for our bails bond page.
Can you pay bail with a credit card?
Yes, or it will also depend on the cash form that specific bail agency accepts but most bail bond agencies accept cash, debit/credit, money orders, and WTF’s (wire transfer funds).
Payment plans can also be worked out.
Most of the time a friend or family member will be the one to go to the bails bond agency but if you have no one then the next step will be to bailing your self out and showing up the scheduled court dates to keep yourself from paying out more money.
If you’re in need of a lawyer, check out our Tacoma law page.