actually you CAN bail yourself out of jail, providing you have enough cash. I have even had a friend that had his debit card in his wallet in his possessions, and he signed a release for the bondsman to pick up his wallet, authorized him to use the card, and bailed him out. And, you do not always need a cosigner, However, remember the more often than not you will not see much if any of that cash back once you go to court. MANY friends of mine went to their court date expecting to get the bond money back, only to be fined within a penny or two of the bond amount. (i.e. the bond was 1000 and when they went to court the fine was 999.99) therefore they got nothing back. suck I know.