Bails and bonds are important parts of the judicial system. They are often used synonymously, but they are actually two different things. This video explains the difference between the two and what bail bonding is.
When you are arrested, a judge will read the charges and set bail at an arraignment hearing. The bail is the amount of money you need to pay in order to be released. It’s a security deposit to ensure that you will show up to later cases. If you accomplish that then the money will be returned to you.
A bond is posted by a third party, often a bail bondsman. Instead of paying the full amount, you pay a 10%-15% fee to them and they post a bond for the full amount. The bond is a promissory note posted on your behalf. If you do not show up to court, the bail bondsman has recourse to arrest you and bring you in.
If you’re in a sticky situation and need to get out of prison, consider using a bail bondsman. They can get you out so you can better build a defense case. Click on the video in the link above for more information.