How Bail Works
Bail is a set amount of money that acts as insurance between the court and defendant. Bail works in two ways: The full amount of the bond is posted by the defendant or on behalf of the defendant in what is called a cash bond.
A bail bondsman or bail bond agent is any person or corporation that will act as a surety and pledge money or property as bail for the appearance of persons accused in court.
If a defendant skips bail and doesn’t appear at a court date, the bail will be surrendered. In the event that a defendant’s bail is paid through a bail bondsman, the bail bond agent has the authority to locate the defendant and surrender him or her to the court.