Video Name: What is the Financial Responsibility of a Bail Bond Signer
Perhaps you are thinking of signing a bail contract for a friend or family member. You want to understand your responsibilities before you sign because the contract is legally binding.
If you have any thought that the person you are bailing out might skip on their court appearance, it might be wise to save yourself the trouble and not bail them out.
In this video, a California bail bondsman explains what financial responsibilities are for a cosigner of a bail bond.
Video Date: January 2008
When you bail someone out of jail, you take full responsibility for the defendant to show up in court.
That said, if you're considering bailing someone out of jail and you have reason to believe that they may not show up for court, save yourself the headache and do not bail them out.
If the defendant does not appear in court, you will not be held criminally responsible but you will be required to pay the full amount of the bail as well as any other related expenses.