Are bail bonds public record?

Sometimes people want to know if bail bonds are public record or if they can find out whether or not someone has posted bail. These are similar yet different situations.

Generally speaking, bail bonds are public record. However, the only information that is public will almost always be just the defendant’s name and the bail bond company’s name. If there is a co-signer, the name of this person may also be public information. The crime itself is typically public record either way (which could vary based on state law).

Now, you could be wondering something like this: If my friend is arrested, will they let me know if their bond has been posted? Is this public information?

The answer to this question is also yes. This information is public. 

While the information on who bailed that person out may not be readily available, the information on whether or not bond was posted is available. Depending on the jail, you might be able to find bail information online. If not, you can always call the jail to figure out if someone was able to post bail.  

Bond not posted? Here’s what you may need to know.

Are bail bond companies open on the weekend?

Yes. Most bail bond companies are open 24/7/365. Bail bond companies understand that people are arrested outside of normal working hours, which is why you can get help from a bail bondsman in the middle of the night and even on the weekends. So, if you do call the jail and they say your friend or family member has not posted bond yet, rest assured you can get in contact with a bail bond company no matter what time or day it is.

Learn more: Are bail bond companies open 24 hours?

What information will a bail bondsman need?

If the bond still needs to be posted, then you’ll need to get in contact with a bail bond company and start gathering any necessary items that may be required to get the bond process started. This can include personal, employer, and reference information. Get help gathering all this information by checking out our list of bail bond information.

What qualifies as bail bond collateral?

There are many items you can use as collateral for a bond; however, choose these items carefully. There is a potential that these items could be forfeited if the arrestee fails to show up to court. These items can include jewelry, vehicles, real estate, and investments. 

Check out our full list of bail bond collateral options

Contact Cowboy Bail Bonds for more information on public bail bonds

At Cowboy Bail Bonds, we offer 24-hour bail bonds in Bakersfield, Taft, Shafter, Wasco, and other Kern County areas. If you’re looking for more information on Kern County bail bonds or if you need to get started on the bail bond process, give us a call or fill out our online form.