Yes, bondsmen can keep the 10% fee. The cost of posting the full 100% bail bond to the court on your behalf is considered a service fee.
By putting up 10, 20, or $30,000 on a bond for someone, bail bondsmen are taking a big risk, and the 10% is non-refundable. Some bail bond businesses, such as Wichita Bail Bonds, provide payment plans and even accept collateral in the form of titles to valuable items like vehicles or, in some situations, houses. Your ability to repay is a factor that the bondsman evaluates.
Even though you may require a bail bond, you may still be turned down if you cannot demonstrate sufficient evidence or trustworthiness that you can make the payments, repay the 10%, or appear in court at the scheduled time. Bail bond companies are not required to accept or deny any request for a bail bond.
What Will Happen If I Fail To Appear In Court On A Bail Bond?
These will happen if you use a bail bond company to get yourself out after failing to appear in court on your bond…
- A warrant is issued for your arrest.
- You must pay the bond business for the 100% court appointment bail bond.
- There will be someone looking for you with a bounty.
- The bounty hunter will find you whether you are staying with friends or relatives or have left the state.
- You will be returned to custody without the chance to get another bail bond.