The bail bond is a contract between the bail agent (bondsman), the courts, and the person posting the bail (co-signer). The bail agents, as well as the co-signers are the people who are responsible for the defendant showing up for all their court appearances.
Money, in the form of a bond, is required by the court as an incentive to keep the defendant from fleeing once released. The bail agent charges a fee for the posting of this bond. Collateral is usually required to ensure that the bond is secure, and the bail agent is indemnified against loss in the event that the defendant fails to appear.
The amount of bail is set by the court and is dependant on the severity of the crime as well as how much of a flight risk the defendant is deemed.
The bail agent provides a guarantee to the court that the defendant will appear in court when summoned by the judge. The defendant will also have to check in regularly with the bail agent as a condition of his or her release. Locate a Local Bail Agent in your area.
Bail bonds are granted when a family member or friend contacts the bail agent before the defendant is released. Arrangements are made for the posting of a bail. After an agreement is signed, the bail agent posts a bond for the amount of the bail, to guarantee the defendant’s return to court.
If the defendant fails to check in, and the bail agent or the co-signer are unable to locate the defendant, the co-signer is immediately responsible for the full amount of the bail. After the defendant is located and arrested by the bail agent, the co-signer is responsible for all of the bail agent’s expenses while looking for the defendant.