Whether or not you, a friend or a family member has ever needed a bail bondsman, sorting out what they do and how to get one can be confusing.
Bail Bondsman – A Bail Bondsman, or someone who provide bail bonds, is called after someone is arrested and a judge has set bail so the person can be released.
Secures the Bail – The bondsman will secure the bail, essentially promising that the defendant will show up to court.
Costs – The bail bondsman, also called a bail agent, charges a fee, usually a percentage of the bond, for their services. This fee is not refundable. While the bond fee is most often cash, sometimes a property deed or car title can be used as well. Some agents have a pre-arranged line of credit so they can offer a blanket bond to the courts during non-business hours.
Failure to Show – If a defendant fails to show up for their court date, the bondsman can hire a bounty hunter to find the person and turn them over to the police. The judge can then revoke the bail, making the bondsman no longer responsible for the full amount of the bail. If the defendant skips the court date and is never found, the agent must pay the entire bond plus any additional court costs.
Hours of Operation – Most bail agents offer their services all day, every day, For example, our bail bonds in Orange County are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Most have pre-arranged contractual agreements with the local legal system, so moving through the court system can be done quickly and easily.
Becoming a bail bondsman varies from state to state; however, it usually requires taking a course and passing a written exam. In addition, bail agents must have bonding and insurance to be licensed.