You've gotten into a bind and you don't have enough money to bail yourself out of jail, what to do you do? If you don't want to get family and friends involved, you'll have to call a bail bondsman on your own, to see if you have enough credit to get approved by a bondsman.
Since you could skip your court appearance and then the bondsman would lose their money, and you would owe the bondsman your full bail, the bondsmen are particular about who they give money to. Here are a few ways to have a bondsman sway in your favor.
Proof of Employment
If you can show that you have a steady job, and that you make enough to pay back the bail bondsman, they may be more willing to post your bail. The bondsman should be able to see your proof of employment when they look up your social security number. Also, by showing them your banking records they can see the direct deposit of your paychecks to verify your income.
A Hefty Deposit
Put down as much money as you possibly can on the bond, to show that you aren't going to leave the bondsman with nothing. Even if you have more money that what is needed to secure the bond, offer to give the bondsman more to show that you are going to be at your court date, so they get their investment back. You can even offer for them to take money out with scheduled deposits if needed.
Past Criminal Record
If this is the first time you have ever been thrown into jail and you don't have any type of criminal charges, try to use this to your advantage. If you don't have any court claims against you for money owed and there are creditors coming after you, these things should help your case. It shows this is the first and hopefully the last time you ever need a bondsman.
If any of these tactics don't work you'll have to find someone that you know to get the bond or to co-sign on your bond so you can get out of jail. You'll want to start calling your friends and family members quickly so you can get out, and so you can get in touch with someone to get you a lawyer so you have someone defending you and working on your case.