Bail Bonds in the Criminal Justice System

A bail bond is a cash promise given by or on behalf of a convicted suspect to ensure their presence in court before their sentence is completed after they are released from prison. The defendant’s bail bond will be forfeited if he or she fails to appear.

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When a court trial is concluded, a bail bond is issued. If the criminal is proven guilty or innocent, or if the charge is dropped, it makes no difference. At this point, the bail bond balance is no longer owed to you. However, you are also responsible for any outstanding fines or penalties charged by the bail bond firm on your behalf.

Obtaining a bail bond can be done in a variety of ways.

The amount of bail required for the defendant’s release would be determined by the court system. A bail bond firm can offer a form of insurance package or “bond” to the court that promises payment of the entire bail bond fee if the prisoner fails to appear at all scheduled court proceedings. Bail bond companies charge a fee for providing these bonds. a fraction of the overall bail bond sum set by the state, usually 10%. A $3,000 premium, for example, will be paid on a $30,000 bail bond. Big Fish Bail Bonds, provides discounts and payment options, so this number could be less than 10%. For free anonymous bail bond information and a price quote, contact us right now.

What comes next is determined by whether or not the suspect shows up in court after being released.

When the prisoner fails to appear in court, The bail bond is lost, and the remaining of the bail must be paid. The Bail Bondsman will pay the outstanding bail balance to the court using the defendant’s collateral (house, jewels, stocks, etc.).

If a suspect fails to appear in court, the Bail Bond will be broken and the collateral will be returned to the individual who posted it. The 10% cash premium is kept by the bail bondsman as interest.

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Our office is pleased to assist you with making bail, regardless of the felony you or a loved one has been charged with. You can get out of prison before your court date if you have a bail bond while awaiting trial. This is time you will spend with your family and your counsel while they plan for your lawsuit. You can also read this useful article on the “3 benefits of using a bail bond service“.

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Where will I get a Bail Bond?

Because of the underwriting issues, most surety companies (including ours, Surety Solutions) do not write bail bonds. Bail bonds are one of the riskiest types of bonds to write. This is because the surety bond firm that issued the bond is responsible for the entire bond interest if the prisoner fails to appear in court. Of necessity, with the terms of surety bonds, the surety firm will demand restitution from the claimant in order to recoup any penalties they were required to pay. Bail Bondsman Court collects the ten percent of the bail payout rather than the bondsman. Understanding the vulnerability associated with Bail Bonds is important. Before issuing a bond, underwriters will assess the overall probability of posting a bail bond, which includes personal life, financial situation, family circumstances, and the case itself. Approval is difficult to obtain, because it also necessitates the indemnification or co-signing of other persons on behalf of the offender.

What do you do now that your friend or loved one has been arrested?

Our team has more than a decade of experience in the bail bond business. We will make every effort to get your loved one out of the city. You will only have to pay a percentage of the entire bail bond fee to Crossroads, and we will work with you to come up with simple and manageable payment plans that will fit into your schedule.

Crossroads Bail Bonds will both help you and the suspect navigate the bail bond and justice systems. We promise that your bail experience will be quick to grasp and execute, taking only a limited amount of time and documentation. Crossroads Bail Bonds is a full-service bail bond firm covering Wichita and the surrounding counties.

What are Bail Bonds?

Bail bonds are a sum of money or some form of property paid or bequeathed to the court in exchange for the right to release a criminal from pretrial detention. In cases where the defendant is unavailable to bequeath a bail bond to the court, the bond is signed by a bail bondsman or a bail guarantor and the bail guarantor collects the security money from the defendant in exchange for the security money.

A judge fixes bail bonds as a type of guarantee. If the defendant is unable to pay, he is permitted by the law to seek the help of a bail guarantor in the form of bail. To issue bail, the defendant is usually required to pay 10% of the bail to the client. Then, the bail bondsman will guarantee the remaining bail money in the form of collateral. If the defendant does not have sufficient mortgage rights, the bail bondsman is allowed to seek assistance from relatives and friends.

When the defendant appears in court after the court has finished hearing the case, the bail will be dissolved and the collateral which could be in the form of landed properties, cars, pieces of jewelry and others deemed fit by the court will be returned to the bail guarantor and he keeps 10% of the cash fee.

There are pros and cons to getting a bail bond. If the defendant fails to appear in court, the bail is confiscated, the court requires the payment of the remaining 90% of the bail and the bail guarantor will use the defendant’s collateral which could be landed properties, cars, pieces of jewelry e.t.c. to pay the remaining bail money to the court.

However, if the defendant can bequeath the bail bond totally, the full bond is returned to him at the end of the case.

The following are some types of bail bonds;


Citation Releases are bonds that are only used for written legal references. They are only issued by the arresting officer. For a citation to be released, the citation must be paid in full. After payment, you will be free to use it. It is widely believed that citation releases are the simplest bail bonds available.


Cash bail bonds as the name implies, are bail bonds paid in full in cash. Cash bail requires the defendants to be able to post or pay all the deposits set by the judge in the case. In most cases, cash bails serve as an impetus to ensure that the defendant attends all court hearings. If a defendant has enough cash to pay the bail, then getting out of jail can be easy. Once a defendant has successfully attended all the designated court dates and the case has been closed, the cash bail bond is returned.


A magistrate sets federal bail and can decide to release bail on federal criminal charges at his discretion. Experts say that oftentimes, due to the nature of federal crimes, the charges imposed may result in higher bail. They serve the same purpose as regular bonds but are used for federal crimes rather than regular criminal offenses or references.


Recognizance release bond may be the second most favorable and pleasing type of bail as it is release granted at no cost. Only a signed written agreement to appear in court is required. A defendant is granted release on a trust basis and is free to wait at home for trial without paying any bail. Other conditions of bail remain the same, however. The judge can set conditions for the released defendant (for example, regular inspections with probation officials, and prohibit the use of drugs or alcohol), and order the arrest of defendants who fail to appear in court.


With a surety bond, when a person is arrested and bail is set by a judge, the defendant contacts a bail bondsman ( if he cannot pay the bond) who gives information on the financial obligation and pays the bond. The bail guarantor pays the entirety of the bail amount under the agreement that the defendant will pay them back in full. After this, the defendant is free to go under the assumption that will not default on showing up for all appointed court dates. Otherwise, they will be skipping bail, and the court will place a warrant for immediate arrest.