Do you find yourself needing to understand more about the bail bonds system in order to better help yourself or a loved one? Understanding how bail bonds work and how the amount is determined can help you in the decision making process. Keep reading to learn more about the basics of bail bonds in order to make the right choice for your specific bail bond needs.

*Note: If you’d first like to know more about what bail bonds are, you can find that information on our blog here.

Coins next to a gavel and bail bond sign.
Coins next to a gavel and bail bond sign.

How do Bail Bonds Work?

Before the actual trial date, an individual who has been charged with a crime will be given a bail hearing with a judge. This is the time where the bail amount is set or denied altogether. Once bail has been set, the defendant is given the options of either staying in jail until the end of the trial, arranging a bail bond, or paying the bail amount in full. A bail bondsman gives a written agreement to the courts to pay the bail in full in the event of the defendant not showing on their court date. Generally, the bondsman will charge 10% of the bail amount up front and will accept most property of value as collateral.

How is the Amount Determined?

During the bail hearing, the amount is determined by the judge presiding over the hearing. The primary factors which contribute to how much an individual will have to pay are the severity of the crime as well as the person’s criminal history. There are also secondary factors to determine the amount which includes the defendants’ personal background and any ties to their community. 

Concept of money next to a gavel.
Concept of money next to a gavel.

What are the Disadvantages?

There are some disadvantages to the bail bonds system in that many, including those in the legal profession, find it to be discriminatory against lower-income individuals. Because these defendants are given the ultimatum of either staying in jail or finding some way to get a 10% cash fee for the bondsman, many are arguing for the bail bonds system to be eliminated entirely.

Conclusions Whether you’re looking to better understand how bail bonds work or you’ve been wondering what the major factors in determining bail are, you should work with a bail bondsman you can trust. At Troy’s Bail Bonds our team will work diligently to provide you with a bail bond you can afford, as well as excellent customer service to help answer any and all of your questions during this stressful time.