Bail bondsman play an important role in the justice system, and if you ever find yourself in trouble with the law then calling a bail bondsman may get you out of serious trouble. This video breaks down what a bail bondsman is and how they can help people in jail.
When someone commits a crime and is taken to prison, a judge may rule that they can be released on bail. Bail is an amount of money that the defendant pays to get out of jail.
If the defendant adheres to all of his obligations to the court, including court dates and travel restrictions, then they will get the money back if they aren’t charged with a crime.
There are multiple ways to pay bail. You can post it in cash, have someone else pay for it, or even put up collateral like a home, car, or valuable object. To save costs, though, you can also hire a bail bondsman.
A bail bondsman will pay bail for you at a fee. The fee is 10% of whatever the bail amount is. So if the bail is at $10,000, then you pay the bail bondsman $1,000 to put up the rest.
You do not get the 10% fee back, even if you are found not guilty, but it’s less risky than paying $10,000 you may never get back.