Following an arrest for a DUI, most people suddenly find themselves having to learn very quickly about our judicial system. If you are given bail, then you will have to find a way of paying the money or remaining in custody until your court hearing. If you do not have the money requested by the court for your bail then you will have to use the services of a bail bondsman. These people provide a much needed service for those in need, however, their services come at a price. Depending on the state in which you live you will have to pay between 10% and 15% of the bail amount. Hence, if you must pay $10,000 then the bond agent’s fee will be $1000.
The fee charged by the bail bondsman is non-refundable. After you have hired the bonds agent, you will have to provide them with many details such as the name of the person you want to bail out, as well as all of your contact information. Once they have all of the information they need, they will process the bond payment at the courthouse. The court will then send the release request to the jail house and you will be released. The money posted as bail will be returned in its entirety to the person who posted the bail – either yourself or a bail bonds agent, as soon as you appear in court for your hearing. However, if you used a bail bonds agent, then your 10% to 15% fee will not be returned to you; that remains with the bond agent as his fee for bailing you out of jail.
If you fail to appear in court, then you will face another set of complications including having the bond agent send a bounty hunter after you in order to recoup the money that you owe.