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How Does a Bail Bond Work

How does a bail bond work?

Bail Bondsmen
 
When an accused is arrested, he or she can choose to get a bail bond through a bondsman or a bail bond agency. In order to get the accused out of jail, a bail bond covers the bail amount needed. The defendant can get out of jail by paying 10% of the full bail amount to the bail bond agent. The bondsman pays the full bail amount to the court, and gets the entire amount back if the defendant appears for all court dates. The risk of the defendant not showing up for the court dates is taken into account in the 10% fee the bondsman charges. If the accused appears for all court dates, the bondsman receives back the full bail amount. The 10% of the full bail amount is a fee charged by the bail company for their services and is non-refundable.

Bail Bonds
  1. What is a bail bond?
  2. How does a bail bond work?
  3. How can I get a bail bond?
  4. Can my bail be decreased or increased?
  5. If I am arrested, how long will it take for me to get booked, processed and ready for a bail agent to post my bond?
  6. How long is a person accountable to the bail agent?
  7. Can the bail agent arrest me and put me back in jail?
  8. What should I put up for collateral?
  9. When will I get my collateral back?
  10. What does "bail exoneration" mean?
  11. What do bondsmen do?
  12. Is a defendant allowed to leave the state or the country while on bond?
  13. What if the defendant is rearrested when out of jail on a bond?
  14. What does it mean if a defendant's bond is forfeited?
  15. What does collateral on a bond mean?
  16. If I co-sign a bail bond, what am I agreeing to?
  17. How is the bail amount decided?
  18. Will I get my bail money back after the case is over?
  19. What if the defendant does not show up in court after I have posted the bail?
  20. How long will it take to get a person out of jail?
  21. How long does a bail bond last?
  22. What is co-signing?
  23. What is the process of getting bailed out of jail?
  24. What are the traits a good bail bond agent must possess?
  25. When does forfeiture take place?
  26. How long is a bail bond good for?
  27. What are the bail bond charges and fees in Pennsylvania?
  28. My friend has been arrested and needs a bail bondsman to get him out of jail. What are his different bond options?
  29. How Does a Judge Determine Bail Amounts?
  30. What are the benefits of hiring a bail bond agent?
  31. What types of bail conditions does a court impose before releasing a person on bail?
  32. What are some of the things I should be aware of before cosigning a bail bond contractual agreement?
  33. How can I speed up the bail bond process?