In this post we will talk about ways to expedite bonding someone out of jail in the event that you aren’t going through a bondsman. To learn about the difference and which one is best for your particular case, read the first post in this series.
Know what’s involved.
Most of the time, coming up with the money to bond out of jail is the hardest part. However, it’s far from over after you come up with the money. Depending on the time of day and how busy the jail is, bonding someone out can take hours. No matter what anybody says, it’s almost never as easy as just signing a few papers and being done in 15 minutes.
Know where to go.
To bond someone out of jail during regular business hours, you will go to the criminal division of the district court clerk’s office in the Tuscaloosa County Courthouse. To bond someone out of jail outside of regular business hours (for instance, in the middle of the night or on the weekend), you will go to the jail itself.
Note that you cannot bond someone out of jail until they have been booked in. The booking process can take a couple of hours so there is usually a lag between the time that a person gets arrested (or turns himself in) and the time that you can actually post that person’s bond. If your friend turns himself in at 4:30 in the afternoon, don’t plan on being able to post bond at the courthouse. Even though he turned himself in during the district court’s office hours, by the time he actually gets booked into the jail it will be after hours.
Be at least 21 with an instate drivers’ license.
In most places this might not be an issue, but in a college town like Tuscaloosa it can be. There are two requirements for you to be able to bond someone out of jail. The first is that you are an in state resident (the jail will want to see an Alabama driver’s license). The second is that are at least 21.
Pick a good time.
As mentioned, bonding out takes time. After you get booked into the jail and post bond, you have to get booked out. As long as booking in takes, getting booked out usually takes longer. This involves the jail making sure you aren’t wanted anywhere else and sometimes that can take a while. If there are four people getting booked out in front of you it can take forever. In other words, you’d probably get out faster on a Sunday afternoon during finals than say, the Friday night before the LSU game.
If it’s after hours, be ready with a money order.
Generally speaking, it’s easier to bond out of jail during business hours on a weekday. You can take cash to the clerk’s office and there will be someone there to quickly assist you (keep my note from step 2 in mind). Of course, people don’t always have the option to turn themselves in. If your friend gets arrested in the middle of the night and has the money to post a cash bond you have to go through the jail instead of the clerk’s office.
To bond someone out of the jail outside of regular business hours you can’t just show up with cash. You have to get a money order. The Western Union on McFarland is open 24 hours and in the middle of the night it’s just about the only place to get a money order.
Contact an Attorney.
Usually bonding out of jail is only the first step of many in navigating the criminal justice system. Whether you’ve been charged with a minor misdemeanor or a serious felony, it’s important to talk to an attorney as soon as possible to know your options moving forward.
For a consultation, call the Browne House Law Group today .
For a bail bondsman in Tuscaloosa, contact Ed Giles at Bail Bonds Express. Give him a call at 205-759-1048, or look up his information online at the link below.
To learn about how bond works, read the Alabama statute below.
For more questions about posting bond during business hours visit the link below or call the Tuscaloosa County Courthouse (205-349-3870) and request to speak to someone in the criminal division of the district court clerk’s office. (http://www.tuscco.com)
To find out information about a warrant, call the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office (205-752-0616) or visit the website below. You can also use this website to find out the status of inmates and information about warrants. (https://www.tcsoal.org)
For information about a money order, call Western Union at (205) 366-0140 or visit the link below. https://g.co/kgs/2Wvdny