secure the release of individuals who are in jail and are still awaiting trial, or sentencing. It is possible to hire relatives, friends or lawyers of the accused who cannot pay the full bail.
Bail bondsmen act as security for the release of the defendant and promise that the defendant is present at all court hearings. In the event that the accused fails to show up in trial, then the bail bondsman is accountable for the entire sum of the bond.
Bondsmen ensure that the accused adheres to court rulings. This means that they must appear in the court at the time scheduled as well as not engaging in criminal behavior while being on bail.
In exchange for placing the bail bond for the defendant bondman, the bail bondsman collects an amount from the person being accused or the person who is posting the bond. This fee usually is a proportion of the full bail amount. The bond is normally payable in advance and not refundable. Further fees are sometimes imposed by bond companies for collateral. This can include the lien of an accused’s home, or interest-bearing loan. They are a great help to those of not having the funds to pay bail.