When a person is arrested and taken to jail, they will have a hearing to determine how likely it is that they will show up for their court date. Then they set an amount of money that the defendant can pay to be released from custody. This money is the bail. The amount depends on the judge, but it is usually large enough to ensure that the defendant will return for their trial date. The money is then to be returned to the person after the trial.

Finding a Way Out

Most people do not have thousands of dollars just sitting in their checking account. This is where a bond comes in handy. This is a contract that posts the money for the defendant’s release, but it requires the bondsman to pay the amount of the bail if a defendant does not show up at their court date. The defendant, or someone who is representing them, will have to fill out an application and determine a down payment to secure your bond.

Additional Costs

When going through a bondsman, there will also be the additional cost of the premium. This is the amount that they will receive in exchange for securing the bond. This amount is a percentage of the bail amount and is usually determined by the state. The premium is not negotiable. The premium is also not returned to the defendant, it is retained by the agent for their services.


It can be stressful to try to come up with the money for release, but Big Mike’s associates are capable and compassionate. They can walk you through the process and work with your budget to come up with a solution. Our affordable bail bond payment plans will help you get the service you are looking for today even if you don’t have all of the money up front. Contact Big Mike’s and get back to work and family.

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