Does Hiring A Lawyer To Get Someone Released Require A Co-Signer?
One of the ways in which an attorney performing a jail release is different from a bail bondsman or a surety company is that the surety company needs to guarantee that they are not going to be sued because of the defendant’s failure to return to court. Typically, a surety company will require a co-sign by a property owner, preferably, a property owner in the county, whom they know they can pursue a lien against easily. An attorney, on the other hand, gets defendants out on a personal bond. The only person with liability in the event of that defendant not showing up to court is the defendant himself.
The defendant bears the risk that the county will come after them, if they fail to show up for court, and will file a civil suit against them for the full amount of the bond. Attorneys are, as such, not required to have a co-signer. There is nothing for them to cosign against because the attorney does not have liability. That is why the attorney can afford to have the money that they are paid on the jail release go towards representation on the case; they have no continuing liability. As a result, it is much easier for someone to get out of jail on a personal bond with an attorney than it is with a surety or bail bondsman, as it does not require the additional step of a co-signer
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