How Do Bail Bonds Work?

Have you ever wondered how the bail process works?  When someone is arrested they are taken in front of a judge who at that point will decide whether or not to assign bail.  Posting bail allows the individual to be released from jail by paying the court a predetermined amount of money until trial.

Posting bail can be accomplished using either a cash bond or by securing a surety bond more commonly known as a bail bond. If a cash bond is used, the entire bail amount is paid in cash.  The cash is then deposited and the arrested individual is released.  The more popular option is to obtain a surety bond or bail bond. In order to obtain a bail bond the individual would contact a bonding company like America’s and for a fee, typically around 10% of the total bond amount the bond company will post bail on the individual’s behalf.  The bonding company will get the bond money back when the individual shows up to court.

Most bail bonds only take about 30 minutes to complete and once the bond is written the individual is released from jail.