Nationwide Bail Bonds
Posting a bail bond
involves a contractual undertaking guaranteed by a bail
surety and the indemnitor (usually a relative or close
friend). The bail bond is a financial guarantee to the court
that the defendant will appear in court each and every time
the court orders.
For this service, the bail
agent charges a premium for the service (typically 10% of
the full bail amount). In addition, the bail agency may
require physical collateral,
the signing of a bail bond agreement (contract), or both,
depending on the individual
circumstances. Often times a defendant can be bailed out
of jail with only the signature of a responsible indemnitor.
After an agreement is reached
between the bail agent and the indemnitor and all fees
are paid, the bail agent physically posts a bail bond for the
full bail amount with the jail or court. The defendant
is released on bail and given a date and location to appear in
If the defendant fails to
appear in court, the indemnitor is responsible for paying the
full amount of the bail. If the defendant is located and
arrested by the bail agent the
indemnitor is responsible for all expenses incurred by the
bail agent while looking for the defendant.
Note: It is very
important the indemnitor feels confident the defendant will
appear in all of his/her court appearances or posting a bail
bond is not recommended.