How Bail Bonds Work

How the Bail Bond Process Works


What happens after someone is placed under arrest?

Once someone is arrested they must be lodged in a jail and “booked in”. This process can often take up to 2 hours depending on the jail and how busy they are in the booking department.

After a person is “booked in”, the following may happen:

  • A citation may be issued and then released from jail
  • Go to an arraignment to determine the bond amount, if one was not previously set and then be able to “post” bail
  • Someone may go to the jail and “post” the full amount of the bond (if set) and the defendant shall be released
  • The defendant may be remanded to jail without bond if the court deems that necessary for the protection of the public
  • Someone can contact a bail agent to assist in “posting bail”
What is the first step to get someone out of jail?

Call Michigan Bail Bonds! We will guide you through how bail bonds work and the process. Each and every jail has different procedures.

What is needed to get someone out of jail?
  • The Premium – Typically 10% of the face amount of the bond
  • If a 10% Bond is issued the Premium would typically be 2.5% of the face amount of the bond
  • (ie. $10,000 10% bond = $250.00 Premium)
  • Someone to co-sign the bond to guarantee the defendants appearance in court
  • Collateral is needed on certain bonds – but not all
How long does the process take?

The paperwork typically only takes 10-15 minutes. Once the jail has the necessary paperwork it can take up to 2 hours for someone to get released depending on the jail and the workload of the booking / release department. Most of the time is only takes 20-30 minutes.

What are the responsibilities of a Co-Signer (Indemnitor) ?

The Co-Signer (also known as the Indemnitor) is responsible for the appearance of the defendant for each and every court date, and that is it. There is no responsibilities for bond conditions violations, new charges, or the guilt or innocence of the defendant.

Is Collateral required to post bail?

Collateral is not always required. This is something that needs to be discussed with the bail agent.

How much does it cost to post a Bail Bond?

The “Premium” for posting a bond is 10% of the face amount of the bond

How can a Bail Bond be posted if I do not have the full 10% premium?

Michigan Bail Bonds has payment plan options that we can design to specifically to meet the needs of most situations. This would often require additional collateral or some other type of guarantee of payment.

Do I get any money back from the Bail Bond Agency?

The Premium that is paid to the Local Bail Bond Agent is non-refundable. However – if there is any cash used for “Collateral”, it will be returned when the case is done.

When is a Co-Signer released of all liability?

When the defendant has been:

  1. Found guilty and sentenced
  2. Released by the court with a “Dismissal” of charges
  3. Released by the court due to the failure of formal charges being issued by the prosecuting attorneys office
If I co-signed a bond and the defendant failed to appear in court, what should I do?

You should contact the Local Bail Agent immediately and let them know! It is the co-signers responsibility to assist the bail bond company in finding the defendant. If the defendant is not found and not in custody within the time frame allowed by the court, the co-signer (Indmenitor) is liable for the face amount of the bond plus any cost incurred by the bail bond agency.

When is Collateral returned or released?

Collateral is returned or released when the defendant case is closed, the necessary paperwork has be given the bail bond agency stating so, and when the bail bond agency has been released of their financial responsibilities to the court.