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How To Help Your Friend Who Calls You From Jail

If you get a call from a friend of yours who is in jail, you might be wishing that you weren't such close friends. You also might be thinking that you're glad he or she trusts you enough to make that embarrassing call. Either way, you'll wish your friend had a Get Out Of Jail Free game card. If you've decided to bail your friend out of jail, here is what you can expect to happen.

Your Part Of The Deal - First of all, pat yourself on the back for being a loyal friend. Then get ready to spend considerable time getting your friend back into the real world.

  • Obviously, you'll need to find a bail bondsman. That should be easy to do, since there are usually lots of them right in the jail area.
  • Don't be embarrassed. After all, you didn't do anything wrong. Besides, the bail bondsman has probably seen a lot in life and is not easily shocked. 
  • Find out ahead of time, if you can, how much money you'll need to bring with you. The company might only accept a money order, so find that out, too.
  • You'll need to provide the bondsman with a lot of information. For example, you'll need to give him or her your work name and phone number. Also, you'll need to provide character references, so bring names and contact information with you.

Your Friend's Part Of The Deal - Don't think that you're going to be lucky enough to complete your part of the bail and then just walk out with your friend. Unfortunately, you may have a long wait.

  • Once your friend finally gets to you, you'll need to get him or her over to the bail bondsman you are using. Obviously, if your friend is a repeat offender, he or she will know what to expect. 
  • Remember all the information you have to give? Well, that's essentially the same information your friend will have to provide, too.
  • In addition, your friend will have to sign papers assuring the bail company that he or she will comply with any requirements that are made for him or her.
  • Your friend will more than likely be put on probation. Be very clear that it's super important for him or her to show up on time or there will be very negative consequences.

Be realistic about whether or not you're going to get paid back by your friend. If you think that you'll be repaid for the money you provided, put a plan in writing. If you realize that you'll never see a dime of that money, just write it off as a bad experience that you hope you'll never have to have again. Check out sites like for more information.