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How Bail Bonds Work


When your loved one is arrested on suspicion of committing a crime, they may be taken by law enforcement agents to jail for booking. While awaiting their day in court, they will be held in jail unless they can be released on bail. The prosecutor may issue a warrant signed by a judge that establishes a bond amount.

What Bail Is?

Bail is a financial arrangement that a bail bonding agency will make on behalf of the criminal defendant. A bail bonding agency, acting for the defendant and indemnitor, will arrange with the court to have a defendant released from jail pending the trial in exchange for money or collateral, which may be cash, assets, or a bond. This agreement will require an Indemnitor (a family member or financially sound individual) who is monetarily responsible to the bail bond agency if the defendant fails to appear in court. The court sets the monetary value of the bail.

The bail agency is then responsible for insuring that the individual arrives in court for ALL scheduled appearances for this case including trial. If the individual does not appear in court, then the bail agency may demand payment from the indemnitor or hire a Bail Enforcement Agent to track the individual down.

Hire a Professional Bondsman

When a bail bondsman, working with a bail bonding agency, posts a surety bond for the release of a suspect on bail, the bondsman charges a fee of 10% of the amount of money that is required to pay the bail. This initial fee is not refundable, even if the case is thrown out after the suspect posts bail.

The bail bondsman will take out a security against assets of the defendant and indemnitor in order to cover the total amount of the bail set by the court. If the defendant does not have enough assets, then the bondsman might take out securities against individuals that are willing to assist, such as relatives and friends.

In the event that a defendant does not arrive in court for scheduled hearings, the bondsman can not only hire a Bail Enforcement Agent to track the defendant down and return them to jail, but the bondsman then has a right to sue the defendant and the indemnitor for money that was given to the court for the defendant’s bail bond. The bail bond agency may also recover any unpaid money by claiming assets that were owned by the defendant or those individuals who signed a contract to financially be responsible for the defendant (Indemnitor).

The bail contract is ended after the defendant attends ALL court ordered appearances and is either sentenced or the case dismissed.

Our agents are professionals available to assist you arranging the best options for your bail bond.  We hold strictly confidential and professional standards and have the experience to walk WITH you through the bonding process and court system. What this means for you and you loved ones: AAA Way Bail Bond Agents can provide you the best service in AND out of the courtroom.

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