Bail bond companies make money by charging a fee, typically 10% of the total bail amount. This fee usually costs 10% and is nonrefundable. Once the accused individual’s trial ends, the bail bond agent will get the bond money back.
They will also pocket the 10% fee. This is ultimately how they produce a profit.
Let’s say a judge sets bail at $20,000. In this case, the individual and their family may not have enough to cover bail. They can approach a bail bond company, which will provide the $20,000. In exchange, they will charge $2,000 up front, assuming their fee is set at 10%.
If the defendant appears at all required court appearances, the bail bond company will receive their full bail amount back from the court, and they will keep the non-refundable fee as their profit.
Bail bond agents must take on a lot of risks. If their client doesn’t turn up to their court dates, the bail company could lose the posted money. Given this, if someone does skip down, a bounty hunter might be sent after them.
Ultimately, bail bond companies provide crucial services. While these services aren’t free, the price paid is quite reasonable when you remember that you or a loved one’s freedom is on the line.