You should know what to expect when you're arrested or bonding a loved one out of jail. A bail bond is a contract between the bail agent (bondsman), the courts, and the person posting the bail (cosigner). The bail agent is the person who is responsible for the defendant showing up for all their court appearances. Money is required by the court as an incentive to keep the defendant from fleeing once released. The bail agent gets a portion of the bond as their fee.
The bail agent provides a guarantee to the court that the defendant will appear in court when summoned by the judge. The defendant will also have to check in regularly with the bail agent.
Bail bonds are granted when a family member or friend contacts the bail agent before the defendant is released. Arrangements are made for the posting of a bail. After an agreement is signed, the bail agent posts a bond for the amount of the bail, to guarantee the defendant’s return to court.
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