Considering co-signing for a bail bond in Dallas County, TX?

People often call us to ask what exactly is involved and what responsibilities they would take on if they co-sign for a bail bond in Dallas County. Understandably, everyone wants to know (and needs to know) exactly what they’re signing up for. At Southern Bail Bonds, we want to ensure all of our clients and their family members are well aware of those responsibilities so we go over bail bond guidelines very carefully. Below is a list of Dallas Bail Bond guidelines that apply to anyone co-signing for a bail bond. If you use a company that does not fully explain these guidelines, then be sure to ask them to provide their guidelines to you in writing before you sign anything!

1. Do not co-sign for a person you do not know.
2. If the defendant fails to appear in court, the co-signer must pay the full amount of the bail bond plus court costs.
3. Southern Bail Bonds does not revoke co-signers. Be sure that you want to make the bond before it is made.
4. If a bond is bound over to another court, the co-signer is still responsible.
5. Do not co-sign unless you are certain that the defendant will VOLUNTARILY appear at all court dates, hearings and trials.
6. Co-signers are not responsible for the defendant’s court fines (bond fees and court costs are not considered fines).
7. Do not co-sign any blank documents.
8. If you do not understand something, ask our agent before you co-sign.

Co-signers share the responsibility to ensure the defendant performs their check-ins as scheduled, and to notify Southern Bail Bonds if the defendant moves to a different address, changes phone numbers, changes employers (or terminates current employment), and most importantly to let the Bail Bond office know if the defendant has decided to run!

If you have any questions, or just want to get more information about bail bonds in Dallas, please feel free to contact our office at: 214-372-2500. We will be happy to answer any of your Dallas Bail Bond questions.

Author: Patrick Hill

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