How do bail bonds work?
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. Notes or other collateral are required to make sure that the bail agent will get paid.