In the United States, approximately 40% of people would not be able to afford the emergency $400 needed to pay bail. In fact, most misdemeanors range somewhere between $500 and $1,000. This means that the average person can not pay bail and would have to wait in jail until their sentencing. In fact, people in jail are more likely to be convicted because people will plead guilty of the terrible living conditions. A bail bond agency offers a way out.
In this video, you will learn how bail bonds work. The defendant will have a bondsman or bond agent pay the defendants bond on their behalf.
Fees are normally 10%-15% of the bail amount. These bail bonds often require several stipulations in the contract such as regular check ins or ankle monitors to make sure the defendant does not make a run. This is still a much better option than having to spend time in prison while awaiting the court date. As you can see, bail bonds play a crucial role in keeping defendants out of prison.