A bond (or bail) is the amount of money in cash, property, or surety that must be paid for an arrested person to be able to leave the Detention Center before his/her case is completed. The purpose of a bond is to make sure that person attends all of his required court appearances. Bond amounts for most misdemeanor charges are generally pre-determined by the court. Felony charges and some special “no-bond” charges require the defendant to appear before a judge to have a bond amount set before being able to post bond and be released.
Any person can post his or her own bond. If the defendant cannot afford to bond him/herself out, any other person age 18 or older can post the bond. If you don’t have the cash to cover the full bond amount, you may wish to hire a professional bail bond agent, who generally charges a fee of 10% of the total amount of the bail required plus an additional bond fee. Contact the bond agent directly for specific information on services and fees. All bond agents are required to be licensed by the State Department of Insurance.