How do bail bonds work?

Bail bonds work by allowing a person who has been arrested to be released from jail while they await their trial. The person, or a friend or family member, will contact a bail bond company and pay a fee, typically 10% of the total bail amount. The bail bond company will then post the bail on behalf of the arrested person, allowing them to be released from jail.

In exchange for posting the bail, the bail bond company will require the arrested person to sign a contract agreeing to appear in court for all scheduled hearings. If the person fails to appear in court, the bail bond company may seek to have them arrested and returned to jail. The bail bond company may also require the arrested person to provide collateral, such as property or valuable items, as a guarantee that they will appear in court.

Once the case is resolved and the bail is returned to the bail bond company, the company will return the collateral to the arrested person, minus any fees or expenses incurred. If the person is found guilty, the court may require them to pay the bail bond company’s fees as part of their sentence.