A bail bondsman is a person you go to, who usually works for a bail bonds agency (though not always), when you are in need of money to bail yourself or someone else out of jail. Bail is a price set by the court that, if paid, allows you to leave jail and return home until your court date for the crime you have been accused of. In many cases, a person will not have the money to afford to pay the bail cost, so this is where the bail bondsman comes in. For a fee, usually around 10% of what your bail cost is, the bail bondsman will pay your bail cost for you. In some cases, in addition to the fee, the bondsman may also require a cosigner or possibly collateral. These often depend on the severity of the crime you’ve been charged with.
Being a bail bondsman can be a risky business, as they are laying out the money to post your bail under the agreement that you will attend all of the court appearances that you are scheduled with, as well as comply with the terms of your release, if any. If you comply, the bondsman is repaid the bail amount by the court, and makes his actual income off of the 10% fee that is charged to you, as this money is non-refundable. Also, if you’ve had to put up collateral along with your fee, your collateral items will be returned to you. If you fail to comply, the bondsman will not receive his money back from the court (just as you would not had you paid the bail yourself) and then he is free to come after you (in a legal manner, such as a lawsuit) to recover the money that he lost to the courts. It is always in your best interest to comply with all agreements made and attend all of your court dates, especially if you are not guilty of the charges being made against you, because you’ll only find yourself in even more trouble if you do not.
A bail bondsman in Hartford typically has arrangements with their local court systems to be responsible for a person who does not show up to their court dates or does not comply with the terms of their release. The bondsman is essentially promising the court that you or anyone who has been charged with a crime will do all of the things that are required of them. Bail bonds are almost always available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and the bondsman usually has an agreement with a financial institution to be able to obtain the bail money necessary at any given time, even in the middle of the night.