A bad day or night can happen to anyone. If you found yourself in legal trouble due to a bad time, it often seems like the worst possible scenario that could have happened. Fortunately, a bad night does not have to ruin the future that you have planned for yourself. If you went to jail and had to be bonded out by a friend, you are already lucky enough to have people in your corner to get you through this rough time. One of the first things that you need to plan out is how to pay your friend back. Here are three ways to pay back a friend, financially and otherwise, after they posted bail for you.
Take them with you to any bond meetings (and update them on court meetings)
If you have to meet with the bail bondsman, you should ask your friend to go with you to the meetings. This will be a reassurance that you are serious about sticking to the conditions of your bail bond. Offer your friend a calendar of all of your court and bond meetings and offer to bring them along with you to each one of these. If your friend is unable to attend, email or text them a short synopsis after each meet-up. Knowing how serious you are about getting out of trouble will let your friend know they made the right decision in putting faith and finances into you.
Pick up shifts to pay back any down payment
If your friend had to put down any money to pay your bond, you should immediately plan on paying them back. One of the simplest ways to get started with this is to pick up additional shifts at your job. If you do not have a job at the current time, you can pick up gigs, such as delivery jobs and online survey work to make a little bit at a time to pay your friend back. Good faith payments, even in small increments, is likely to save your friendship and perhaps make it even more trustworthy.
Thank your friend, your way
Gratitude is one of the best ways to pay back a friend. Expressing how much it means to you that your friend had your back during this hard time and posted your bail is something you should do. Everyone expresses their feelings differently, so you can choose to take them out to dinner and thank them in person, write them a letter, or even get them a gift as a form of gratitude.
To learn more about bail bonds, contact a financial expert.