What Happens After Bail Bonds Are Posted

A bond is set when someone is arrested for perhaps breaching the law (all suspects are presumed innocent unless proven guilty). Bail is a sum of money determined by the court that, if paid, permits the suspect to be released into society until their pretrial court date. Freedom / Libertad Bail Bonds has some nice tips on this.
While the 8th Amendment prohibits excessive bail, the actual amount of bond may range amongst individuals accused of the same crime. At a bail hearing, the judge determines the amount after considering numerous variables specific to each suspect.
The bail amount will be determined by the following factors:
• The suspect’s criminal background, including whether or not this is their first encounter with the authorities.
• The possibility (probability) that the suspect will flee the city or even the nation.
• The likelihood that the suspect poses a threat to themselves, others, or their family.
• Their work experience
• The nature and gravity of the crime in which they are a suspect, of course.
The judge may refuse to establish a bond in specific cases, such as when the crime is punishable by death, and the suspect must remain in custody until their court date.
If the bail sum exceeds the suspect’s financial means, he or she has two options: hire a bail bondsman or stay in jail and await the trial. A bond agent pays and posts a bail bond for the suspect for a fee. Typically, the cost levied is 10% of the total bail bond amount, and the money is paid to the bondsman immediately.
So, if the bail is $5,000, the bond agent receives $500 and then guarantees the balance of the money to the court on your behalf if you fail to appear in court or flee. Because the bail bondsman is taking a significant financial risk by agreeing to be held liable for the amount you may owe the court, the bondsman will require some form of collateral (your home mortgage, your vehicle title, a valuable piece of jewellery, etc.) to cover the amount of the bond if you fail to appear in court.