What is Bail?


How many times have you heard on the news that ‘XYZ has been released on $65,000 bail.”? Do you wonder what it means and what and how bail is processed? If yes, we at Beach City Bail Bonds can help clear your confusion through our brief explanation of the bail process.

The Law nad Bail


Bail is the situation where a person is arrested for a crime committed and held in jail until their court date. The defendant’s arrest is processed and booked here where their fingerprints are also taken to compare with the database and find out if they have any outstanding warrants or cases against them.

All crimes have a fixed state-mandated amount to be paid for the defendant to be released on bail. It is the judge who decides if the defendant can be released on their own recognizance or if they are to be released on bail while awaiting their trial date.

You may still be wondering what bail is, and here is its actual definition … Bail is a financial agreement which the bail bond agency makes on behalf of the defendant, with the government.

It is the bail bond company like Beach City Bail Bonds that pays the bail amount. The payment may be made in cash, bond or collateral so that the defendant can be released and be free till the court date.

With the bail company paying the bail, it is also their responsibility to ensure the defendant attends the court trials. This also means that they have to bring back the defendant if they abscond, and do not attend the court hearings.


The defendant or their friend or relative reached out to a bail agent to arrange for bail. However, the arrestee or co-signer must ensure and promise they will pay the entire bail amount if the arrestee skips a court date.

Collateral isn’t always needed to get bail. Even a family member or friend’s signature as a cosigner is enough to get bail. However, the cosigner has to be working and own a house or at least rent the same place for some time. In case the defendant doesn’t show up in court on the court dates, then it’s the bail bondsmen’s responsibility to hire a bounty hunter to find the defendant and bring him to court.

The cosigner is held responsible for the entire bail amount, and all expenses borne by the bail agent while looking for the defendant and bringing him to court.

The bail bond agency doesn’t do all this for free. They usually charge the defendant a fee of the bail amount to bail the defendant out of jail. The amount is non-refundable, even if the district attorney dismisses the case after posting bond.

The bondsmen can also sue the defendant and cosigners for court costs. They can also recover any unpaid monies through the collateral used to bail the defendant out.

The arrestee has five options to choose from to get released from jail. They are Surety Bond, Property Bond, Own Recognizance (O.R.), Cash Bail and Release on the Citation (Cite Out). Click here for more Information about Types of Bonds.

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