Whether you are the indemnitor (co-signer) or the defendant, you have agreed to maintain the following obligations. Failing to hold up your end of the deal can have serious consequences.
Indemnitors must read, understand, and ask questions when signing documents
You need to know and fully understand what you’re agreeing to, and you must take your responsibility very seriously. If you feel you may be unable to meet these obligations, you shouldn’t enter into an agreement with a bail bonds company. It’s not as simple as just signing a few papers—it’s a big responsibility. Once the papers are signed, you are personally responsible if the defendant fails to appear in court. Have more questions? Get in contact with Pickens Bail Bonds – a 24 hour bail bondsman – and get all the details.
Your Obligations While On Bond 23
Stay in contact with our office
Make sure we have the correct phone number and can reach you at all times, and answer or return our calls as soon as possible. This is important!
Always provide us with up-to-date contact information
It’s very important that we’re able to reach you at any time. If we can’t locate you, we cannot notify you of your court appearance(s). Give us backup methods of reaching you in case your personal cell phone or landline fails.
Pay us the fee you were charged
We do our best to make our services affordable, and we offer a variety of payment plans for your convenience. If you were issued credit, make all payments in a timely manner.
Appear in court as required
This is the law — if defendants do not appear in court, they have not only broken their contract with us, but also will be held accountable by law and could face additional criminal charges for failure to appear.
It’s also important to dress appropriately for court and be on time.
Do your best to hire an attorney
Although it is your right to represent yourself, clients who hire a criminal defense attorney typically have better outcomes. If you can’t afford an attorney, you have the right to request that one be appointed to you free of charge. Eligibility is based on your ability to pay – for more information, contact Cathy Edwards, Indigent Defense Coordinator, at 254-759-7540.
Once you have obtained an attorney, it is important that you maintain contact with his or her office.
Understand the consequences
Failing to maintain your obligations can have major consequences. We do our best to make everything clear, but feel free to call us if you have any questions. We are here to help you every step of the way, but we can only do that if you hold up your end of the deal.