I received a call late last night (around 4:30 am) and it was a woman inquiring about a possible bond for her son that was arrested in Florida, the mother was in Virginia. Her main question was, “what is the difference of using a bondsman rather than just paying the bond?” I first asked her what the bond was and she told me $600.00. I replied, well it’s the difference of paying a bail bondsman $100.00 premium and giving the jail $600.00. She couldn’t seem to understand the difference. Lets explain it here.
We’ll use this same example. If the judge or a preset bond schedule has set the bond at $600, the bail bond premium would be $100 (in Florida). The rest of the $500 would not ever have to be paid unless the defendant has failed to appear in court and the bond has gone into forfeiture. For that $100 premium, the bail bondsman will put up the full amount of the bond to the jail. As long as the court case is discharged, no more money has to be paid.
On the other hand, if you put up the full $600 at the jail for bond, the money is supposed to be given back once the court case is over. However, in most states, they have changed the laws to where the court may deduct court cost, fines, and other fess from cash bonds. These are cost, I’m sure, you would much rather have the defendant have to pay.
Using a bail bondsman for the bond will cause less headaches, and frustration. You will have to pay the usually 10% premium, but that is all you will have to pay.
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