bail bondsman


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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. (See: bail, bail bond)

bail bondsman

(mainly US) an individual or firm that lends BAIL money to defendants awaiting trial.
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Even though defendants may find their obligations to the bail bondsman un-shakeable, the same cannot be said of the bail bondsman's duty to the court.
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II you don't have that much cash, you have two choices: sit in jail and wait for your trial, or hire a bail bondsman. To the bondsman you pay a nonrefundable fee--usually 10 percent of the bail--and he promises the court that you will show up for trial.
(191) In fact, a commercial bail bondsman is under no obligation to try to deter criminal behavior by the defendant.
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