Have you ever had a friend call in the middle of night asking you to bail him out of jail? What do you do when you’re out with a friend and she gets arrested? Follow these tips and know what to do when a friend gets arrested.
The last thing you should do is panic. Your friend is likely stressed and possibly scared, and your panic will only make matters worse. This is especially true if you are with your friend at the time of their arrest. Try to keep your friend calm and do not interfere with their arrest or you could end up in jail too. Do not berate or assault the arresting officer, and do not make any threatening movements. If your friend calls from jail, resist the urge to raise your voice and try to comfort them.
Get the Facts
In order to help your friend, you will need some information. This may vary a little depending on where you are, but your friend’s name and location will be essential. If their bail has been set, find out how much it will cost and what methods of payment are available. When speaking to your friend over the phone, do not speak more than necessary. You never know when your call is being recorded, and you don’t want your friend to say something that could cause them trouble.
Call a Bail Agent
If your friend’s bail is expensive, consider calling a local, licensed bail agent. They can write a bail bond which will cover the majority of the cost of bail. Most bonds only cost you about 10 percent of the cash bail price, so if the judge sets your friend’s bail at $5,000, the bond would cost $500.