1. What is bail?
The temporary release of an accused person awaiting trial on condition that a sum of money be lodged to guarantee their appearance in court.
2. Who is a cosigner?
A co-signer/guarantor is the person(s) willing to be responsible for the defendant while they are out on bail and who co-assumes financial responsibility, including guarantee of the full bail bond amount.
3. How is bailbonds amount determined?
The amount of bail money held by the court depends on a number of factors, including the severity of the crime, prior convictions and the potential risk of flight.
4. How can I pay the bond?
- The accused can pay the required bail with his own funds or money borrowed from family members or friends
- Or the accused can use a bail bond agency to pay the bail in exchange for a fee and collateral; this is known as a bail bond. In return for this service, the person requiring the bail bond usually must secure the loan with some type of collateral and pay the bail bondsman a non-refundable fee equal to about 10 percent of the total bail amount.
5. How long before I have to go to court?