How Bail Bonds Work

What Is the Bail Bond Process?

Setting Bail

When a person is arrested, a judge will decide if bail will be set and, if so, what the amount will be. In some cases no bail is set; especially if the person is deemed to be a “flight risk” or if they’ve committed a more serious crime. However, if bail is assigned, that individual can be released from jail until their court date, providing they pay a predetermined amount of money to the court. Deciding factors include:

  1. The seriousness of the crime.
  2. How likely an individual is determined to flee.
  3. Whether or not the individual is a repeat offender.

Bail Bonds… What Are They?

Bail Bonds are the most popular form of bail. You will also hear them referred to as Surety Bonds. In the event the individual doesn’t have the required capital to post their own bail, a Bond Company can be utilized. The Bond Company provides the money for Bail and charges the individual a fee, which is a percentage of the Bond. The Bail Bond Company gets their money back when the individual shows up for their court hearing.

In an effort to mitigate losses, a Bail Bond Company will ensure there is a co-signer capable of paying back the “loan” in the event that the accused doesn’t appear in court. Most of the time a family member or friend will act as the co-signer. The co-signer accepts full responsibility to repay the debt if the court appearance is not attended by the accused.

Being Released from Custody

Once your bail is satisfied, you will be released until your designated court date. It is imperative that you attend the court date as your co-signer will be legally obligated to repay your debt if you don’t. One way or another you will be caught and prosecuted so make sure you assist with the process in order to limit additional expenses and a reduce your incarceration sentence.

How Does Bail Work?

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth ten thousand. Watch this short video to better understand the Bail process:

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