BAIL BONDING FACTS
The bail bond agent agent provides a guarantee to the court that the defendant will appear in court when summoned by the judge. The defendant will also be required to check in regularly with the bail agent.
Bail bonds are granted when a family member, friend or the defendant themselves contact the bail agent before the defendant is released. Arrangements are made for the posting of a bond based on the bail dollar amount. After the contracts & agreements are signed, the bail agent posts a bond for the amount of the bail plus fees to guarantee the defendant's return to court.
If the defendant fails to appear and the bail agent or the co-signer are unable to locate the defendant after failing to appear for court, the co-signer as well as the defendant are immediately responsible (upon court ordered forfeiture) for the full amount of the bail. After the defendant is located and arrested by the bail agent & before the bond is ordered forfeited by the court, the co-signer is responsible for all of the bail bond agent's expenses while looking for the defendant.
Defendants have the option of arranging for their bail through a bail bondsman or paying the court directly the full amount. When using a bail agent, the defendant & the co-signer may be required to provide collateral to the bail bondsman to help secure the bond. The bail bondsman or bail bond company agent will then guarantee to pay the court if the defendant fails to appear by posting a surety bail bond power of attorney with the jail or court. If the defendant FAILS TO APPEAR & the bond is ordered forfeited, the co-signer & defendant become liable for the full amount of the bail plus all incurred expenses by the bondsman used to locate the defendant.
After the defendant has completed all court appearances, the case is closed, & all of the bail bond company's expenses have been satisfied, any excess collateral given to the bail bondsman or the bail bonding company will be returned to the defendant or co-signer or whoever posted the bond. A co-signer always has the responsibility to ensure that the defendant appears in court as & when required. The co-signer must know the whereabouts of the defendant at all times & must immediately notify the bail bondsman if the defendant has moved, changed jobs or changed phone numbers. Since the co-signers collateral is at risk if the defendant fails to show up as summoned, it is advised that he/she constantly monitor the defendant's location. Remember, “ALL FEES” are the responsibility of the co-signer if the defendant can't or is unwilling to pay.