What Is Bail?

Bail is a large sum of money promised to the court to insure the defendant will appear as promised. The promised money is actually called a bail bond. The relationship between the bail bondsman and the defendant is contractual in nature. This is why the enforcement of bail law is primarily a civil (not criminal) action.

Court Receives…

  1. Bad Guy… who applies for bail from…
  2. Bail Bondsman … who may employ a
  3. Bail Runner…
  4. or Bail Bondsman contracts with a Bounty Hunter

… if Bondsman wants to surrender the Bad Guy (defendant) back to the authorities for any reason. Normally this occurs when the defendant doesn’t appear for court as promised.

Let’s back up a bit. First, not all defendants are allowed to post bail. A judge determines first if the law allows for bail – specific to the charges and situation. If the judge grants bail, the amount is determined by the legal statutes as well.

Once in a while, the defendant can afford to pay the entire amount on his/her own. In most cases however, they can’t afford to. This is why they contract with a Bail Bond Company. If you’re interested in becoming a bail enforcement specialist, enroll in our course today!

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