What information do I need when contacting a bail agent?
This is what I would consider a loaded question meaning that there are very different answers to this one question. The shortest answer to this question would be just their name. However if you call a bail bondsman and only know their name it would raise a red flag for most and you would have to find one with lots of time on their hands to start searching every county and every police department one at a time without any other information.
There are three basic things that are generally used to locate someone. They are name, date of birth and who arrested them. This tells the bondsman who they are looking for and where to start looking.
There are several city police departments that do not book or house inmates and if they arrest someone that person is taken directly to county jail. Some police departments will arrest and take them to their local city jail and book them and if not bailed out very quickly will then be transported to the county jail. This is because they arrest and book but do not house inmates. Everyone arrested and booked at a local jail will be booked all over again when they arrive at county jail. It saves lots of time when an inmate is able to post a bond at the local jail.