A bail bond allows inmates to be released from jail at a reduced rate. It's not necessary to pay the full bail as posted by the court; bail bonds are a lot less expensive. Knowing how to work with a bail bond company will help you in a number of ways.

How Bail Bonds Work 

The bail bond company posts bail on their client's behalf. They work with the court system to guarantee that the bail will be paid to the court if the defendant fails to appear in court later. The bail bond's cost is only a small percentage of the full bail amount. The percentage varies from place to place. This is an affordable way to get out of jail for many people.

Interacting With the Bail Bond Company

The court accepts bail bonds in place of full bail. Once contact is made with the bail company, information is gathered. This information determines how much the bail bond will cost:

  • The inmate's name.
  • The charges.
  • The location the inmate is being held.
  • The full amount of the bail.

You can phone a bail bond company and find out how much will be owed for the bail bond. Other things to ask about include the location of the bail company, where to park, and the forms of payment accepted.

Friends or relatives of the inmate may post a bail bond for them. They are known as a co-signer. The co-signer is responsible for ensuring that the defendant follows the rules of the bail bond. The most important rule is to return to court for scheduled appearances. Once the bail bond has been purchased, the bail bonding agent arranged for the defendant's release from jail. When they have been released, they must go to the bail bonding agency to sign the paperwork. 

While Out on Bail

Those released on bail must remain on good behavior. If they are arrested while out on bail, the bail bond could be revoked and that means they could be jailed for the original offense once again. Defendants must also follow all the bail conditions. They vary but often include making contact with a court official or bail bonding agent regularly, not carrying weapons, and not leaving the area.

If you need to get out of jail, a bail bond is the way to go. Find out more by contacting a bail bonds company in your area.