How doI deal with a bail bondsman who is threatening me?

Unfortunately I helped get a family member out of jail by working with a bail bondsman. The family member never went to court and now the bails bondsman is threatening to arrest me. I’ve never been in trouble with law have a very clean record. I’ve been helping the bondsman by giving him any information that he needs in regard to this person. I’m really scared and don’t know what to do.

Asked on November 30, 2010 under Criminal Law, New Jersey

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Contact the police yourself: no one may threaten you, either physically at all, or even with arrest. (Note: if you are committing a crime, someone may say they will contact the police; they may NOT threaten you with the police to get you to do what they want or when you have not committed a crime.)

Basically, if you knowiningly aided someone in escaping justice, you may have committed a crime; you'd also be potentially liable civilly by anyone who suffered a loss for that reason (i.e., you could be sued). However, if you acted in reasonable good faith and another person then simply did not honor their own committments, you did not commit a crime--though potentially, you could still be sued, such as if  you guaranteed their performance in some way.


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