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How Bail Bonds Work 

There’s a good amount of confusion about Bail Bonds and how it happens. Lets clear that up!

“Bail is set at $100,000.” I’m sure you’ve heard that on TV and we’re sure you’ve also noticed they always find some way of “coming up with the bail”.  One hundred thousand dollars is a lot of money to come up with how do people afford it? Easy answer is the Bail Bonds Process.

Bail works by releasing a defendant in exchange for money that the court holds until all proceedings and trials surrounding the accused person are complete. The court hopes that the defendant will show up for his or her court dates in order to recover the bail.

Bail is extremely important in our society because of the time it takes for trials to begin. Trials can begin weeks or months after an initial arrest, and if not for the bail process, many people, some of whom might be innocent, would have to wait in jail until their trials began. At the very least, this can present a financial hardship, as the person would be unable to work. This would inversely affect low Income people and businesses. Low Income people will not be able to afford to get out, due to them not being able to generate income and because they may not have savings or collateral on hand.  Businesses would loose valuable employees without notice production would decrease on a systemic scale resulting in a loss of millions of dollars for each local economy.

In come Bail Bonds Agents. Agents take on a large amount of risk each time they bond a person out. In the above scenario if someone has a $100k bond they can seek out a Bail Bond Agent, Like us. With an agent they can have their bond reduced and may be able to make special arrangements so they won’t have to pay the entire $100,000. In the above case lets say the person of interests has a loving family member and that person is willing to pay for the bond. The family member could contact an Agent and Bond their family member out for $20k instead of $100k. That results in a reduction of $80k (which turns, partly, to the Agents liability). Once the Bail Bond amount has been paid (in this case $20k) the Accused is set free….. there is a catch. The Accused MUST show up for his court dates. If they do not show up, a warrant for their arrest will be made and the rest of the $80k will be due. This is very bad for all parties involved.

** Note : Typically bonds are in the amount of $1,000 to $5,000 so the amounts are much smaller.