When someone we care about is behind bars, we just want them home. Legal trouble can bring stress and hardship to the entire family and everyone connected with the person behind bars. There is the financial pressure of having someone in jail, where they can’t help contribute to the family financially. Then there’s the social stigma of having someone you care about in jail, rather than home with you. When we want them out of jail, our first instinct is to simply pay the bail so they can get back to their normal life while the legal drama plays out in court. But what if you don’t have enough money for bail? Bail bondsmen can arrange for a bail bond at a fraction of the full cost of bail. But even that reduction might not be enough, depending on the cost of bail.
Crowdfunding bail or bail bonds for your loved one may be the answer.
Crowdfunding platforms like GoFundMe, Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Patreon, Crowdfunder, and GoGetFunding, are all popular among people trying to raise money for starting a company or for a charitable cause. Not all of these platforms can be used for personal causes, like raising money for someone for bail or legal defense, however. Let’s explore some of the ways you can raise money to get someone out of jail.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail Without Money
It seems we’ve all been there. Someone we care about (sometimes ourselves) is behind bars and we don’t have any money to get them out of jail. What to do?
Ask Friends & Relatives To contribute
Calling all of the friends and relatives of the person in jail may result in enough money to cover the cost of bail bonds. This is a very common method used for raising bail bond money. No one likes knowing that someone they care about is behind bars. They also don’t like the feeling that everyone else will know that someone connected to them is behind bars. Often, just bringing the situation to the attention of those connected to the incarcerated person is enough to raise the money you need to get them out of jail, or at least pay the bail bond fee to get them out of jail.
Bail Bond Loans
A bail bond loan may be an option for you if you have collateral but no cash for bail bonds. Bail bondsmen are often willing to accept property or vehicles as collateral for a bail bond when you promise to make payments toward the full amount of the bail bond fee. To qualify for a bail bond loan in California you must be employed, a resident of California, and have either a downpayment or collateral to secure the loan. To see if you qualify for a bail bond loan from Justice Bail Bonds, call (951) 445-4155 to discuss your unique situation.
The all-female bail bond agents of Justice Bail Bonds have working with the people of Riverside County for more than 25 years, helping get loved ones out of jail and back home to their families. They understand the stress and financial strain of having someone you care about behind bars. They’ll work hard to help you find a solution when you’re trying to raise money for bail bonds. Call (951) 445-4155 today!
Use Social Media To Raise Money For Bail Bonds
Make the most of social media by using the power of connections to raise awareness about your loved one's incarceration and inspire those connected to them to give toward their bail money or bail bond fee. Many people are embarrassed about their friend or loved one’s incarceration and will be inspired to help get them out of jail just to avoid additional embarrassment. When it comes to raising the money needed to get our friends or loved ones out of jail, there’s not much we won’t do to accomplish that goal, including using social pressure.
Crowdfunding For Bail Bonds
One of the ways that others have raised money for legal defense or bail money is to use a crowdfunding platform. They appeal to the friends and family members of the person behind bars, as well as strangers, to help get someone out of jail when there wasn’t enough money to do it alone. However, not all crowdfunding platforms permit personal fundraisers or fundraisers related to legal issues or bail money. Here are just a few of the most popular crowdfunding sites and their stance on using crowdfunding for bail bonds.
GoFundMe for Bail or Bail Bonds
GoFundMe is one of the most popular crowdfunding platforms available. People have used GoFundMe to raise money for many personal causes for themselves and others. It is unclear, however, whether they will allow fundraising specifically for bail. The legal fine print on the GoFundMe page makes raising money for any type of legal defense involving “alleged crimes associated with hate, violence, harassment, bullying, discrimination, terrorism, or intolerance of any kind relating to race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, sex, gender or gender identity, or serious disabilities or diseases.”
This language leaves it entirely at the sole discretion of GoFundMe as to whether they will allow fundraisers associated with criminal defense. On the one hand, they have disabled some fundraisers associated with the defense of R. Kelley, top R&B artist accused of having sex with minors. On the other hand, they have allowed fundraisers for the legal defense of Roger Stone, Michael Cohen, and Jussie Smollett.
GoFundMe will allow fundraisers used to pay for personal expenses, however, so you would have to use your discretion as to what and how you use GoFundMe to raise money for the needs surrounding the arrest and incarceration of a loved one.
FundRazr For Bail Bonds
FundRazr is an online fundraising platform that allows most types of fundraising campaigns. While it is not as well known as GoFundMe, it has been around since 2009 and has helped thousands of individuals raise money for a variety of charitable and personal causes. Fundraisers for legal fees are allowed on FundRazr, though it is unclear if they will explicitly allow fundraisers for bail or bail bonds. Use discretion in choosing the wording of your fundraiser to avoid possible conflicts.
Create Your Own Fundraiser Using PayPal
PayPal offers friends and family payment transfers that don’t involve any fees. By creating your own Social Media campaign and linking to a PayPal account that allows you to receive funds directly through Friends and Family giving, you can encourage the friends and loved ones of the incarcerated person to give to the bail bond cause.
Justice Bail Bonds can accept PayPal payments for bail bonds or bail bond down payments, making it extra simple to use the funds you raise through your own social media campaign to pay the bail bond fee directly.
For more information about bail bond fees and how you can raise money to get someone you care about out of jail, call the ladies at Justice Bail Bonds today! (951) 445-4155