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Bail is money that is collected from a defendant in order to secure your attendance at court proceedings. This gives the defendant an incentive to make all court appearances or he risks losing the money he posted. Generally speaking, bail is usually paid through a bail bondsman in the form of a premium, usually anywhere from 8 to 10 percent. In other words, the bail bondsman fronts the bail amount to the court and you pay him a premium for this service. To ensure they don't lose their money, for example, many bail bondsmen require you to post collateral, such as a car, expensive jewelry, so that, if you "bounce" or "skip town," they will have something to sell and make up for the money they lose IF you forfeit your bail by absconding or abandoning your court case.
What is bail?
Bail is an amount of money that is paid or fronted to help assure that you (the accused, the criminal defendant) will appear at your court case proceedings (i.e., appear at your court hearings). You or your surety (also known as the bail bondsman) tenders a payment or puts up collateral (like your car or house), and then this money, real property or fungible good is forfeited if you fail to appear or show up in court.
The problem with cash bail is that the majority defendants are relatively moderate to low-income, preventing them from being able to post the bond because it is simply out of their economic reach.
Enter “bail bondsmen.” These bail bonds companies or suretyships receive a percent