What Is A Bail Bondsman
The judge determines if a person accused of a crime gets bail and the amount of bail is based on a variety of factors. Oftentimes the amount of bail that is assigned is a very high amount, and most defendants cannot afford the amount, leading them to need a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen typically pay the entire amount of the bail in exchange for a small fee, usually 10 percent of the total bail amount. The person is released from jail based on an agreement to show up at their next court appearance, but if they do not, the bail bondsman forfeits the amount of money they put up to secure their release. If a person fails to pay bail, bail bondsmen have agents or bounty hunters that track down the accused and force them to appear in court.
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