Responsibilities Of A Cosigner


If you have no problem being persistent, direct, and honest with a loved one when absolutely necessary, then perhaps being a loved one’s cosigner is for you.

What we mean is that if someone you know gets arrested, and they contact OC Bail Now for a bail agent, the bail agent may need to have someone cosign the bail bond. The cosigner is responsible for a few things:

  • Making sure the defendant appears in court when ordered.
  • Making sure the defendant notifies their bail agent of the next court appearance.

If the defendant fails to do this, the cosigner would be responsible for paying the full bail amount.

As a cosigner, you will need to pledge collateral like money or property, which gets returned to you as long as you make sure the defendant goes to court.

It may not seem fair to put a cosigner in this position with so much responsibility and so much of their money and property on the line. This is why cosigners also have rights of their own to protect. If the cosigner believes the defendant will not appear in court, the cosigner can contact the bail agent and ask the bond to be withdrawn. The cosigner may also request stipulations before signing, such as asking the defendant to undergo drug testing or a mental health evaluation.

Contact OC Bail Now at 714-973-2245 for a FREE consultation.

Our job is to bail people out of jail so defendants can protect their rights but it is also very important to us that we help cosigners protect their rights and make sure they know all the steps involved in the process. We are on both sides here because like both sides, we want to make sure the defendant gets out of jail quickly and properly.

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What Happens To My Bond If I Miss My Court Date?

Orange County Bail Bond Store

Bail bonds are posted to ensure a persons appearance to court hearings. This bond ensures that the defendant remains free during the court process. Bail bonds remain one of the best forms of pre-trial release.

If a person misses or is late for a court date the court starts a series of steps. First, the Judge will forfeit the bond. This means that the bail bond is now in jeopardy. This forfeiture triggers a notice to the bail agent and the insurance company. These parties start their own processes to ensure the defendant returns to court.
Second, the Judge issues a bench warrant for the failure to appear and informs law enforcement. This warrant may be issued for a different amount than the bail bond posted.

You still have options. The bail agent can reinstate the original bond. Agents can file court documents requesting that the Judge remove the warrant and reinstate the bond. If the Court grants the request a new court date will be issued. This reinstatement process will ensure the defendant stays free and gets a new court date.

Our many years of experience are here at your disposal. You have already paid for your bail bond make it work for you. One of our strongest beliefs is that everyone gets a fair and balanced day in court. Let us work with you to ensure this happens

If you have any questions please feel free to call us and discuss. Our experienced bail agents are always available to assist you and your family.

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