Bail bonds can be really hard for people to comprehend if they have never used them before. To make the process a little easier to understand, we have listed frequently asked questions about bail bonds and answered them.
What Is Bail?
Bail is when someone can be released from jail with a sum of money that ensures they will show up for their scheduled court date.
What Are Bail Bonds?
It is a surety bond that is able to ensure a defendant is released from jail.
How Are Bail Bonds Set?
Depending on the county that you are arrested in, the court might have a set schedule for what the bond amounts. However, the judge can decide on the amount of the bond by the severity of the crime, past criminal history of the defendant, their flight risk, and more. Sometimes a bail bond might not be necessary and a defendant can be released on their own recognizance, meaning they don’t have to pay for bail, but they have to promise to show up to their court date.
What Is the Bail Bond Process
The judge will set the bail for the defendant, and from there they can pay their own bail or call a bail bondsman. The defendant will usually 10% of the bail amount in order to secure their release with a bail bond. If a person does not show up in court on their scheduled date, the bail is forfeited and the rest of the bail amount must be paid to the court. If a person does show up, the bail bondsman will only keep 10% of the original amount of the bail.