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post #1 of 4 Old 04-03-2006, 06:45 AM Thread Starter
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i've obviously been watching too much tele what are bail bonds all about, who has to pay what ? in the uk someone has to cover a bail amount but we dont have characters like dog
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Kev, normally the defendant has to pay the Bailbondsman a certain fee for him to post a bond for the full amount of bail. From my own experiences it's usually 10% of the full bail amount but that could vary.

Bail is nothing more than a insurance that the defendant will apear in court. If they appear and the case is adjudicated the bail is then refunded or applied to the fines. If they fail to appear a warrant may be issued for their arrest. If they fail to appear on a bailbond they could have a warrant issued and have a bail bond agent ( which is a private citizen, not really LE) take them into custody and bring them to the PD for processing on the warrant. Basically the bailbondsman doesn't get the bond he posted back until the defendant goes to court.

I've seen that "Big Dawg" show. They are a little " out there" so to speak. Most of the bail agents I have dealt with are very professional IMO.

Hope I helped :wink:
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nice one, thanks a lot :D
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A Bail Bondsman or bail bond agent is any person or corporation that will act as a surety and pledge money or property as bail for the appearance of persons accused in court. Although banks, insurance companies and other similar institutions are usually the sureties on other types of contracts for such entities are reluctant to put their depositors' or policyholders' funds at the kind of risk involved in posting a bail bond. Bond agents generally charge a fee of 10% for a state charge and 15% for a federal bail bond, with a minimum of $100 in some states, required in order to post a bond for the full amount of the bond. This fee is not refundable and represents the bond agent's compensation for their services. Some states, such as North Carolina, charge a flat 15% where other states that charge 10% can also bill the defendant for phone calls, gas, mileage, anything that has to do with the apprehension of the subject, etc.
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