Breaking Down Bail Bond Terminology

Many people who are posting bail in Upper Marlboro are doing so for the first time and don’t really know how bail bonds work. They are confronted with many different terms that they’ve never encountered before, which can add to the stress of the circumstances. Fortunately, it is easy to understand how bail works when you familiarize yourself with some of the language around it. Your bail bond agent will be happy to answer your questions about the process. These terms will help you understand more about posting bail. bail - bonds

Bail

Bail is a financial security paid to the courts to ensure that an accused person will return for trial dates if they are released from jail. The financial security can be seized by the court if the person doesn’t show up for a court date. Bail is supposed to be significant enough to be an incentive to comply with court dates but not so high that it is punitive and impossible for a person to post. Bail exists to give people their freedom while their cases are being adjudicated and to allow them to assist in preparing their own defenses.

Bond

Many people confuse bail and bond. A bond is a way of posting bail. Bonds are supplied by bail bond agents, who have relationships with the courts that let them provide a promise of payment of the full bail amount if a person does not show up for court dates. Using a bond means it is possible for a person to get out of jail pending trial without having to put up the full cash bail amount. In exchange, bond companies charge their clients a percentage of the bail amount for their services. Bonds are also sometimes called surety bonds.

Indemnitor

The indemnitor is the person who makes the agreement with the bail bond agent to get the defendant out of jail. Becoming an indemnitor is a serious responsibility, because it means that you are responsible for the full amount of the bail if the person you bailed out doesn’t show up for a court date. You may also have to pay other fees if it becomes necessary for the bail bond agent to hire someone to track the defendant down.

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