1. What are “Bail Bonds” and how do they work? Bail bonds are an agreement between three parties, the courts, the bail bond agent and the accused. The bail bond agent enters into a written contract with the court promising to pay an amount equal to the set bail should the defendant fail to appear in court on the date that has been set. The bail bond guarantees that the accused will appear in court for all set dates. Failure to appear will result in the bail bond company losing an amount of money equal to the bail that was set for the accused. A bond premium is agreed between the bonds person and the accused. This is the bond’s fee and bondsman’s personal profit. 2. How much does a Bail Bond cost? Is it refundable or is it a fee? The cost of Bail Bonds varies from state to state. The usual fee is 10% for state of California, 15% for federal charges. In some states such as Florida, a minimum has been set at $100. This is a fee and it is non-refundable. It is the Bond person’s commission for use of their services. 3. What’s the difference between bail bond amount and the premium amount I pay? The bail bond’s equal to the bail that has been set by the court while the premium that you pay is only a percentage of this amount, in example, 10%. 4. How can I purchase a “Bail Bond”? A family or friend calls the bail bonds agency. They will verify the charges faced, the amount of bail that is to be paid and then negotiate the premium. The indemnitor i.e. the person that ensures the defendant is present in court will then fill out an application and contract. The premium that was negotiated is paid to the bonds agent and he/she posts the bond with the relevant authorities. The defendant will then be released from jail and has to fill out the bail bond application. 5. How long does it take to purchase a bail bond? The purchase is a quick affair as long as the applicant qualifies and cooperates. 6. How long does it take to get released after I purchase the bail bond? The release of the arrested person from jail can take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours. In some cases it takes as long as 24 hours. This is due to delays that may occur in processing the individual, interviews with detectives and etcetera.