When it comes to bail bonds or any legal matters, don’t trust Law & Order or NCIS as a valid source for information regarding America’s court system. If you aren’t entirely sure on what precisely bail bonds are or how they are used, here is some key information that you’ll want to know before trying to bust yourself, a friend or family member out of jail.
What is a Bail Bond?
A bail bond is a payment that the defendant has the option to pay in order to leave jail until his or her time of trial. The payment is a way the fourth will ensure the accused will later appear at a future court date. Once bail is posted, it can take anywhere from several minutes to 24 hours for the defendant to be released from jail.
What is a Bail Bondsman?
A bail bondsman will post the bail for the defendant after a family member or friend of the defendant pays at least 5% of the fee as a down payment. This is extremely helpful when the defendant’s family or friends cannot afford to pay the bail amount upfront.