In lieu of paying the full bail amount, a defendant posts a bail bond cosigned by a bail bonds service.
To guarantee the defendant’s appearance at trial, the bail bond is used. Typically, bail amounts are established by the courts with considerable discretion.
For their services, bail bondsmen typically charge 10% of the bail amount up the advance, with the possibility of further costs. In some states, the amount that can be charged is capped at 8%.
A judge typically holds a bail hearing for a person accused of a crime. The bail amount is at the discretion of the court. Because of the nature of the charges against the prisoner, a court may refuse bail or set it at an astronomical figure.
Bail amounts might vary widely from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, although judges typically have a lot of leeway in determining them. For example, bail for a non-violent misdemeanor offender might be set at $500. Due to the severity of felony accusations, bail can go as high as $20,000 or more.
The defendant’s options are to continue in jail until charges are settled at trial, secure a bail bond, or pay the bail sum in full until the case is concluded. Lastly, courts in certain countries recognize title to a property or other valuable collateral in place of money. To find out more, watch the video.