Is posting bail public record?
In the United States, posting bail is a way out of jail before trial. It's not free for the accused and it can be expensive to post bail. In some cases, defendants will have to pay 10% of their total bail amount in cash or straight-up collateral in order to get out of jail pending trial.
In some cases, a defendant may be able to work with an attorney on a payment plan that would allow him or her to pay back the bail money over time while they await trial - but this option isn't available for everyone who posts bail.
If you're considering posting bail for someone else, find out what options are available first so that you know if he or she will need your help with paying back the money.
When you post bail for someone else, you can do so by using cash, a property deed as collateral, or something of the same value - such as a current vehicle title. If you're posting bail yourself and then plan on returning that money to its rightful owner once they're released from jail, keep in mind that the public is able to obtain records of this information.
Publicly posting bail means that anyone can obtain this information by looking at public court records or online databases. This will make it easier for friends, family members, and even strangers to find out who posted bail for someone else.
Keep in mind that people are still entitled to their privacy until the end of the trial proceedings - even if you publicly post bail for them. If contacting law enforcement or trying to press charges is your only option, then do so after the accused's sentence has concluded. Until then, refrain from interfering with any ongoing judicial procedures involving the defendant because this could land you in hot water yourself!
After reading through these tips, should you feel inclined to help a family member or friend out by posting bail for them, ensure that you're ready to deal with the ensuing financial responsibilities. If you're not able to handle this type of responsibility, find someone who can or ask your friend or family member to pay you back after he or she is released from jail.
Here at All City Bail Bonds, we offer 100% free bail consultations for every jail in the state of Washington. Give us a call now and we'll be more than happy to answer each of your bail questions in detail