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How Bail Bonds Work

While a bail bond can mean the difference between spending time in jail or being released to appear later in court, the unfortunate truth of bail bonds is that many people don't fully understand what they are or how they work. With that in mind, here is a simple overview of our services and how they can help you or someone you know in your most desperate time of need.

What is a Bail Bond?

Put simply, a bail bond acts as a financial guarantee that a defendant will show up in court at an assigned date in the future. Generally, these bail bonds are arranged between relatives or close friends of the defendant and what is referred to as a bail agent. Through this arrangement, the bail agent makes a profit through a percentage decided ahead of time by the judge.

Are There Any Risks Involved?

In arranging for a bail bond, the person that signs the agreement is essentially saying that they will pay for the amount of the bail, should the defendant fail to arrive in court on the assigned date. Additionally, some bail agents request some sort of collateral under certain circumstances to ensure that the defendant is more inclined to arrive on the agreed date.

In either case, any co-signers are directly responsible for any financial risks that may result from the defendant's attempts to resist appearing in court. This includes any additional fees that are incurred as a result of the bail agent hunting down the defendant.

What Happens After the Bail Bond Has Been Arranged?

For the vast majority of people, a bail bond is a quick and painless process that involves some cash up front in exchange for freedom from a jail cell. Once a defendant has completed all of their court appearances, any collateral is returned without any additional fees.

As such, it is highly recommended that anyone in need of bail bond services contact us for more information. We're open at all hours of the day and will work tirelessly to help you settle your issues.