How Bail Bonds Work


If you know someone that’s been arrested and a bail amount has been set then you more than likely need a bail bond. The bail bond allows your friend or family member to be released from jail on the promise that they’ll appear for their court date.

The average person has daily responsibilities including family and work. Those responsibilities can’t be handled from behind bars so bailing out is the way to go. Call Big Boy Bail Bonds, Inc. at 818-244-3389 for immediate bail bond help. Our agents are available 24/7 and are ready to assist you.


The term “bail bond” is one that we hear from time to time. Although it’s a fairly common term not everyone knows what a bail bond is. So before we go any further here’s the Bail Bond Definition:

Bail Bond

n. a bond provided by an insurance company through a bail bondsman acting as agent for the company, to secure the release from jail of an accused defendant pending trial. Usually there is a charge of 10 percent of the amount of the bond (e.g. $100 for a $1,000 bond) and often the defendant must put up some collateral like a second deed of trust or mortgage on one’s house. Upon acquittal, conviction, or other conclusion of the case, the bail bond is “exonerated” and returned to the insurance company. If the person who has been bailed out disappears and does not appear in court, the bond funds will be forfeit unless the defendant is found and returned.


The unofficial but easy definition of a bail bondsman is “the person you call when you need to get someone out jail.” That sums up the position pretty quickly but here’s the standard definition from a legal dictionary:

Bail Bondsman

n. a professional agent for an insurance company who specializes in providing bail bonds for people charged with crimes and awaiting trial in order to have them released. The offices of a bail bondsman (or woman) are usually found close to the local court house and jail, his/her advertising is found in the yellow pages, and some make “house calls” to the jail or hand out cards in court. Bail bondsmen usually charge the suspect a fee of 10 percent of the amount of the bond. If a bail bondsman has reason to believe a person he/she bailed out is about to flee, he may revoke the bond and surrender his client to jail.

So now you know what a bail bond is and what a bail bondsman does. The next time someone asks you’ll be able to tell them exactly how bail bonds work.


In the state of California bail bondsman are legally allowed to charge 10% of the total bail amount as the bail bond fee. For example: A defendant is given a $50,000 bail by the court. The bail bondsman will charge $5,000 ($50,000 x 10%). There are instances when Big Boy Bail Bonds, Inc. can charge less than the 10%. We also offer payment plans to help ease the financial burden of the bail bond.

The bail bond fee is paid in advance of the defendant being released from jail. The fee is non-refundable whether the defendant appears in court or decides to skip out on the bail.


When the police arrest someone they first take them to a local police station to be booked. It can be referred to as “being booked” or “being processed.”

Once at the station, the police log the suspect’s name, address, birthday, appearance (things such as tattoos or scars), and the crime they’ve been arrested for. The police then perform a criminal background check on the suspect, and take their fingerprints and mugshot. The suspect’s belongings are put into inventory and held until the suspect is released.

Depending on the nature of the charges the suspect may be allowed to bail out of jail immediately after booking. If not, the suspect waits in jail for a bail hearing (within 48 hours) with a judge. If the judge grants bail the suspect is then able to be bailed out of jail.


We provide inmate search and bail information free of charge. Call 818-244-3389 if you need to find the status of a person being held in a Los Angeles County jail. Our bail agents are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. It’s never too early or too late for us to assist you in finding a friend or loved one that’s locked up.