Most people don’t have quick access to the funds to post the entire amount of bail. A bail bond is a process where someone pays a company to post the full amount on their behalf. For instance, if a defendant’s bail is set at $100,000, a defendant (or family) can pay a bondsmen to post the $100,000 on his behalf.
The bondsmen can charge a maximum of a 10% fee to post the bail. So, if the bail is $100,000, the bondsmen can charge up to $10,000. The bondsmen may charge less or make arrangements with the defendant or his family to take payments. Bondsmen often offer a discount to defendants who retain private attorneys.