You are, and doing so won’t reflect on the case your relative is pursuing against the defendant.
New York courts understand that family disputes are, by their nature, emotional situations and that relatives and friends often have loyalties to both parties.
You should feel free to bail the defendant out of jail, and then encourage them to strictly adhere to the terms of the order of protection that they will receive as a condition of release.
Be very careful about agreeing to be an intermediary between your relative and the defendant you’ve bailed out.
If the order of protection is violated, you may be called to testify even if you’ve only tried to calm the situation down or help a loved one out.
To protect yourself and the defendant, refer them to a good attorney. Call Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino at 718-599-1111 and talk to an experienced criminal defense attorney for free.