How Does Bail Work?


Bail is provided to the court from the Bail Bondsman as a guarantee that the arrested person will return to all lawful appearances and hearings. A Judge usually sets the bail amounts when required or the Booking officer or Jailer will refer to the county bail schedule which has a pre determined bail set for certain charges, degree, or enhancements. If the accused cannot pay the bail amount he or she can contact a licensed Bail Agent, Bail Bond Company. After a contract is secured with a cosigner or collateral is secured, (collateral not always required) and the bail premium is paid,(usually10%) the Bail Bondsman will post the bail bond securing the defendants release from custody. The Cosigner agrees to pay the bail bond Company or Surety the full amount of the bond or any expenses which may result if the defendant fails to appear at his or her court dates.
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