You may have heard the word bail many times on the news or listening to the radio about a high profile trial, but do you actually know what it is or how it works? The word “bail” is pretty much how it sounds. When someone is put into jail and is being held, there are often times an amount of money that is set for them to pay if they would like to get out of jail before their trial date. If they are able to pay that amount of money somehow, they will be bailed out of jail. The amount the bail is set to is contingent on the seriousness of the crime and is up to the discretion of the judge. If the defendant cannot afford to pay their own bail, they will often times rely on the assistance from a bail bondsman.
What Is a Bail Bondsman Job?
A bail bondsman’s job is to make sure that you are able to get out of jail. The bondsman will put up the money for the bond in the form of a collateral from you and you will have to pay a percentage of whatever the bond; this is usually 10%. When the trial date comes, if you do not show up in court, you will then forfeit what you put up in collateral, the 10% you already paid, and you will owe the court the remaining balance of the bail. If you do show up for court, you will just have lost the 10% that you paid already and your bond will be dissolved.
The simple thing to do is to show up for your court date and if you ever need a bail bond, call Air Capital Bail Bonds at 316-755-5142 and we will get you taken care of.