Russell Hebets March 31, 2015

I often get questions about bond or bail; What is it? How does it work?

So the short version is this: If you’re arrested for an offense the police can give you a summons which allows you to just walk away with a ticket but if it’s more serious, they’re going to make you post bail or bond.

Bond is a promise to return to court. So your bond gets set off of a schedule and you pay that money in order for the jail to release you, as a promise for you to come back when your next court date is. Now, you can post it all yourself and if you do that, at the end of the case, whether you win or lose or take a deal, you get that money back.

Now, if it’s a higher bond or you don’t have a lot of money, you can use a professional bondsman and what you do with them is you pay them 10 to 15 percent generally and they post the whole bond for you. You still have to show up every time and if you don’t they’re going to be coming after you but at the end of the case they get their money back and for the benefit of having them post it for you, you don’t get back your 10 to 15 percent.

If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime that has a bond, give us a call. We can set you up with a reputable bondsman and we can help you with the underlying criminal case.