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Theres all this talk about getting rid of bail bond companies... If I helped bail someone out of jail 3 years ago but he isn't paying the balance can I ignore it too?  or do I have to pay it?  Can they even report me to the credit bureaus?  I keep getting mixed answers but no one has been 100% sure.  Some say if a collection agency has it they CAN report it.. and some are saying it doesnt matter that anything related to the bail CANNOT be reported?!?!? I just dont want my credit hurt because I was helping a person get out of jail. 

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I'm sure you signed some sort of contact when you paid the bondsman.  They can sue you for breach of contract, and, just making an educated guess here, if they get a judgment against you, I would imagine they can report that judgment to the credit bureaus just like any other judgment.

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I don't think you can ignore the fact that he isn't paying, more than that, I wouldn't pay the bond instead of him. You can consult a lawyer or a special company that deals with such problems. Last year my brother was put in jail, but he was not guilty. In order to prove that it was a misunderstanding I turned to Alameda County Inmate Locator . They specialize in providing bail bond services and other kind of assistance related to this theme. So, you better ask them, in order to have a law based information as soon as possible

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