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?