An Orange County bail bond is a type of payment someone accused of a crime pays to the court in order to get his temporary freedom before and during his or her trial. It is also the defendant’s way of ensuring the court that he will appear at the trial. However, if he fails to show up before the court on his scheduled trial date, he won’t be able to get a refund for his bail, and the court will issue a warrant for his arrest.
When a defendant can pay the entire amount of the bail in cash, he can go out of jail immediately. However, the payment he made (which is called a cash bond) will be tied up until the date of his court trial. It will be refunded if and only if the defendant made all the appearances required by the court and he satisfied other conditions and requirements of the bond’s release.
A bail bond is also known as a surety bond. This is when a defendant cannot pay the amount of bail in full and may need the help of a licensed Orange County bail bond company. This company then provides the remaining funds to get the defendant out of prison.
It must be noted that they charge the defendant a given premium, which is typically 10% of the total bail amount. Once the bail bondsman or agent makes the payment, he becomes responsible for the defendant. This means he makes sure that the defendant attends all court hearings and fulfills all his requirements. Otherwise, the court will not pay the bondsman, and the defendant may face more serious consequences.