America has the largest number of prisoners anywhere in the world, and that number continues to grow. Most of these prisoners are in jail for minor offenses, but they can’t afford to post their bail.

They must then wait until their trial, which can take months, or in some cases years. If you find yourself in this situation, here are some options in case you can’t afford to bail out.

Contact Family

Family tends to come together when times get hard. Have your significant other or a family member reach out to aunts, uncles, and cousins that might be able to help.

They might want to know the details of the arrest, as they don’t want to be responsible if you run from the law when you get out of prison, but just be honest. Everyone makes mistakes and will understand if you tell them what happened.

Putting Up Collateral

You may be able to put up collateral to secure the cost of a bond, such as real estate, a valuable car or other property of value. When liquidating assets would be difficult or not sensible, placing the items as collateral can help secure the bail without having to actually sell the asset.

Your Lawyer

Often, your lawyer will have access to information that you and family don’t, meaning that they might know someone in your community who is willing to help. There are also local and federal programs that might be willing to assist.

Your lawyer will also be able to keep in communication with loved ones and keep you informed on how the process is going. A good rule of thumb is to always talk to your lawyer before anyone else, as their job is to get you to freedom.

A defendant may request a lower bail amount through his or her criminal defense lawyer. This may be successful if the ordered bail amount is excessive and may impose an economic hardship on the defendant. 

Own Recognizance

In some situations, the defendant may be able to be released on his or her own recognizance. Rather than putting up money for bail, the defendant simply promises to return to court. This option is only available when the accused is not a flight risk and usually only when a minor crime is involved. This may also be an available option when there is not enough space in jail to meet the capacity needs.

ABC Bail Bonds

There are many advantages to a bail bond company. They know the process and can walk you through it. Payment plans might also be available, helping to spread out the financial liability until you can get back on your feet.

Whether you’re the defendant or a loved one paying for the bond premium on behalf of them, ABC Bail Bonds believes in working with you every step of the way to ensure fair and affordable treatment. Contact us to learn more about our services.