Your son, daughter, husband, wife has been arrested for a crime they didn’t commit, and you don’t have enough money to pay for a legal defense and bond them out of jail. What do you do? This is when you turn to a bonds-person. A bondsman’s whole business is bonding people out of custody when people don’t have enough money to post the whole bond themselves. What they do is they charge a premium, they charge ten to fifteen percent of the total bond amount in order to bond that person out. You never get that money back, unlike if you posted the bond yourself. That money is paid to the bondsperson as a service for them to be the surety, which means to be the person who guarantees the bond of the person you’re getting out of custody. If you can’t afford to get someone out of custody yourself, a bondsman is your next best option. I’m Russell Hebets with the law firm of Hebets and McCallin. If you or a loved one are in trouble, give us a call, we can help. You can find us online at, you can find us on Facebook and on Twitter, and follow our podcast, “Is This Legal?” Thank you, and have a great day.