Not everyone who is arrested needs a bail bondsman to show up and bail them out of jail. Sometimes the judge will impose cash bonds, in which case no bondsman is required to help the defendant leave jail. With a cash bond, you must give the jail the full amount up front. You can get your money back after giving them the whole sum up front if they have complied with the court’s criteria.
A bond is similar to receiving a check that must be held until you are authorized to cash it. When you have to engage a bondsman to get out of jail, they set the bail at a professional surety. 10% of any bond is what a bail bonds business charges to get you out of jail. $1,000 will be owed to the bondsman if a person is detained on a $10,000 professional surety bond.
The bail bonds business posts the $10,000 so the person can leave custody. In the event that the prisoner misses court, there is always a co-signer who is accountable for that sum of money. The bail bondsman only receives the initial $1,000 payment if the person goes to court after being released from jail on a bail bond.
Now, the remaining $9,000 must be paid to the bail bonds business if the offender is released from custody and later decides not to appear in court.