When an individual is arrested for a crime, they will be taken by law enforcement to jail for booking. During the booking process, the suspect will have a photograph taken, be fingerprinted, and asked for a statement. While awaiting their day in court, the accused will be held in jail unless they are released on bail
Bail is a financial arrangement that a bail bonding agency will make on behalf of a criminal defendant to get them out of jail while they wait for their day in court. A bail bonding agency will make an arrangement with the court to have the suspect released from jail in exchange for money or collateral.
Once the individual is released, the bail bond agency is responsible for ensuring they show up in court on the day of their trial. If the individual does not turn up in court, the bail is forfeit.
Bail comes in several forms. The individual can use cash or a bail bond. A bail bond is a surety that the full bail amount will be paid if forfeited. Some courts will accept either the full bond or a 10 percent cash down payment for the release of a suspect.