What is Bail and How Does the Bail System Work?
Bail is the security that is posted for the accused to ensure that he or she will appear in court and answer to the allegations brought against them. Bail can be posted in the form of cash or in the form of a bail bond.
When a person is arrested for a crime, the jail may impose a bail in the amount that must be paid before the person will be released from jail. The accused can pay the full amount themselves or pay a bail bond agent 10% of the full bond amount. The bail bond agent will then pay the full bond amount in the form of a bail bond. This 10% fee paid to the bail bond agent is non-refundable.
The court holds the bail amount, in either cash or bond form until the court case is complete. The court holds this money without interest. Once the case is complete, the bail will be returned to the depositor. This process can sometimes take months or even years in some cases. If however the accused misses a required court date, the bail is forfeited and the court keeps the entire bail amount.
A bail agent is the person to call when you don't have the cash on hand to pay the full bail amount or don't want your money tied up in a non-interest earning deposit.
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