Who Can Co-Sign for Bail
One of the first questions we frequently get in our free bail bond consultations is who can co-sign for the bail bond. The answer depends on a few different things.
Legally speaking, anyone can co-sign for the bail bond. Over the years, we’ve seen all sorts of people step in as co-signers, including the following:
✨ Adult children
✨ Business partners
The biggest rule bail bond agencies like us have to follow is that the co-signer does have to be a legal adult who is capable of making their own decisions and who is acting of their own free will. If we get even the faintest hint that the person is being coerced or isn’t completely comfortable with the situation, we will reject them.
Complete strangers don’t offer to co-sign for a bail bond. It simply isn’t done. One of the questions we ask is what the connection to the person they’re co-signing for is. We’ll also likely ask a few questions about your history together. While there’s nothing that strictly prohibits a stranger from co-signing for a bail bond, it is considered suspicious, and we will turn them away.
We do have a few rules when it comes to a co-signer. The first is that we prefer that they have a full-time job or are at least able to demonstrate that they have a steady stream of income coming in that would. We also sometimes require that they own property that can be used as collateral.
The most important thing to keep in mind when you’re looking for someone who is willing to co-sign for you is that they are willing to talk to us. We will want to have a conversation with them so we can make sure they understand exactly how big a responsibility they are taking on. In addition to the financial aspects of co-signing for a bail bond, they will also have to be aware of any bail restrictions you have and make sure that you’re able to attend all of your court dates.