A bail is the cash payment pledged to the court to let the defendant wait for their trial outside of jail as a promise that they will show up. The amount of the bail depends on the severity of the crime and how likely the defendant will return.
The process of allowing the defendant to skip imprisonment until the time of trial by making a promise (bond) to the court with a bail is what we know as bail bonding.
The Role of the Bail Bondsman
Often, the cost of a bail bond is often more than an ordinary person can afford. This is where a bail bondsman comes in. A bail bondsman has already established lines of credit with the court systems.
The defendant can make arrangements to pay the full amount of the bail if they do not return to court. The defendant or their loved ones do so in exchange for a down payment, which is only a percentage of the total cost. This makes bail affordable to most people.