In the event of a loved one’s arrest, it’s only natural to feel confused and overwhelmed. As an important person in the alleged offender’s life, you may be requested to make a quick series of decisions to help that individual get out of jail.
One of the key roles you could be asked to take on? That of indemnitor. This is a major responsibility and should not be taken lightly. Before you agree to anything, it is critical that you understand your obligations as indemnitor — and what could happen if you do not uphold these responsibilities.
What Is an Indemnitor?
Alleged offenders often seek indemnitors when they cannot afford to make bail on their own. In such cases, it is the indemnitor’s job to cosign bail bonds on behalf of the individual making the request. By cosigning and agreeing to a specific set of responsibilities, the indemnitor can help the defendant secure release, even if that person is unable to afford bail alone.
What Are the Indemnitor’s Top Responsibilities?
The job of indemnitor extends beyond signing a bail bond. This person must ensure that the defendant appears in court for all scheduled proceedings. While the provider issuing the bail bond also shares in this duty, the indemnitor is often able to get in touch with the bailee more easily since they are usually a close friend or family member.
In some cases, both the indemnitor and the bail bond company may struggle to elicit an appearance from the defendant. In such situations, the bail bond provider may find it necessary to take on a third party experienced in fugitive recovery. This can be a costly option, so it is generally in the indemnitor’s best interests to make proactive efforts to get in contact with the defendant. If this proves impossible, the indemnitor may be liable for the fees incurred while tracking down the defendant via fugitive recovery.
In rare cases, extended efforts to contact the defendant may fall short. At this point, the indemnitor may assume full responsibility for the cost of bail. This can pose a significant financial risk, so prospective indemnitors should understand the potential for loss before co-signing bail bonds.
The role of indemnitor may hold a great deal of weight, but you don’t have to go it alone. At Gage Gandy Bail Bonds, we are committed to working closely with you to ensure the best possible outcome in a difficult situation. Reach out today to learn more about our bail bonds services.