What is a Bond?
The Constitution of the United States and the State of Florida stipulate that people charged with crimes must have a reasonable access to bail, with a few restrictions.
A bail bond is a contract between a person accused of a crime and a businessman called a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen pay the entire amount of a person’s bail in return for a small fee, typically 10% of the bail itself. The bondsman keeps this fee once the person is released from jail. Once the person is released from jail they agree to show up at their next court appearance, but if they do not the bail bondsman forfeits the amount of money they put up to secure their release. When the person “skips” bail, the bondsman can use bail enforcement agents, commonly called “bounty hunters,” to track down the accused and force them to appear at trial.