How Bail Bonds Work

How Bail Bonds Work

Bail bonds are simply a means to post your bond to get you out of jail faster so you don’t have to sit in jail awaiting trial. How bail bonds work for those people arrested and are used by people who cannot otherwise afford the full amount of the bond. Here we will try to show you how to get bail and how to save money on bail bonds.

How Bail Bonds Work and how they work to get you out of jail faster

What is paid to the court?: Typically, a percentage of the bond is paid to the bail bond company as a fee, which in turn they post an insurance certificate (bond) to the courts promising that you will return for trial or sentencing. In other words, the fee for the bonding company remains with them as somewhat of a service charge for posting an bail amount you could not post.This fee can be as high as 20% of the bond amount.
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Who makes the payment?

A bail bonding company will assign a bail bondsmen to come post your bond once they have all of your pertinent information. The bondsmen will post your bond once they have all of your information (pedigree) and your friends or family have paid them the appropriate fee.

This fee is non-refundable. Someone will also need to act as a co-signor of the bond. The co-signor is responsible for the defendant to get to all court appointments. If the defendant skips on the bond the indemnitor, is then responsible to the bondsman as described below.

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What happens when all court appearances are made?
Once all court appearances are made the bondsmen then withdraws the bond. No money is refunded.
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How Bail Bonds Work For People Who Don’t Show Up to Court

What happens if the defendant fails to show up to court?: If you or your friend or family member decides to not show up to court and skip the bond, the bonding company will then assign a bounty hunter to find you and bring you back to court. The fees will then increase and you or your family (whomever is the co-signor) will then be responsible for this additional fee.

Bail bonds are a right, and if the defendant cannot be found in a reasonable amount of time; the bonding company could be liable for the bond amount to the court. If this happens the bonding company will surely sue the co-signor for this amount plus any additional fees (legal, paperwork, bounty hunter etc). So if you decide to skip bond, your parents (if they are the co-signors) could lose their home if it was used for collateral on the bond.

The bonding company will get their money or the fugitive – either way they get paid! Find out how long a warrant lasts


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How Bail Bonds Work

13 thoughts on “How Bail Bonds Work”

  1. great article on bail bonds I hope to read more of your content about bonds and bail bond companies. I have signed up to receive your RSS feed. thanks again for a great writeup. Also, I am a bondsmen and you are very correct in how bonds work and how to get people out of jail using a qualified bondsmen.

  2. I’ve visited the JailGuide website a lot recently, and haven’t left a comment, but this post about bail bonds was exceptional. You guys provide a lot of excellent knowledge and as always this was really useful. Cheers!

  3. This post is extremely good information. My brother needed a bond and I came to your post trying to figure out how it all works. Thanks for the info. I wish you guys had a bonding company you could suggest for Wayne County Michigan though. We did find a bonding company and everything you wrote was on target. The bondsmen read your post and he said it was really a good piece. I think he is going to contact you guys for an ad. Anyhow, thank you again for the info.

    1. Hi Brian, thanks for the update. Glad the info helped your family. I did receive an email from the bonding company and I am now helping them with some ad space. Hope all goes well for your brother.


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  5. Kasten Bail Bonds

    Excellent write up about how bail bonds work. I am interested in advertising my bail bond company on this page, how do I do it and how much will it cost?

    1. Hello Kasten Bail Bond – thanks and if interested please let us know the ad size and duration of your bail bond ad. You can also specify different statewide inmate search pages if you wish to be on the inmate search section of Jail Guide. Simply send us message using our Jail Guide Contact form.

      1. I believe your time as a bail-bonds person would make fascinating material for a novel, “graphic” or otherwise.

    2. I am not a bounty hunter, but I do know this, you don’t have to go to college, but it helps.You do have to take a class to get your license.

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