How Bonds Work
How Bail Bonds Work During arrest and booking, bail is set for a defendant charged with a DUI/DWI or other crime. Bail is money promised to the court to release a defendant from jail while awaiting trial. The amount of bail set by the court is an amount deemed sufficient to insure the appearance of the defendant at trial.
If the defendant does not have enough cash to cover the bail set by the court, he or she may contact a bail bondsman to post bond. Bondsmen charge defendants a fee equal to a portion of the bail amount. The bondsman post bail securing the defendant’s release. Once bond has been posted, the defendant is required to show up for his or her court date.