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Bail Glossary

· Bond Indemnitor

A bond indemnitor is also known as a co-signer or guarantor. Bond indemnitors are often family members or close friends of the defendant. Your role as the Bond indemnitor are making sure the defendant follows any contract, agreements and conditions made for his bail either with the bonding company Outlaw Bail Bonds or the court. A bond indemnitor takes full responsibility for the defendant’s appearance in court. Failure to appear the bond indemnitor is responsible for any fees incurred by defendant missing his court date.

· Surety Bond

A surety bond is a contract among four parties; the defendant, the bond indemnitor, the court, and the bail bond company. A surety bond also known as a bail bond, is used to secure the release of a person from a jail facility. The defendant or indemnitor will pay a 10% premium on the bond.

· Cash Bonds

A cash amount is paid by the defendant or other individual to cover the total amount of the bail bond. The court holds the money until the defendant’s case has been completed. Failure to appear for court appearances could result in forfeiture of the bail bond, which may ultimately result in the forfeiture of all cash posted.

· Personal Recognizance Bond

A defendant is released from jail on the promise that he or she will appear for all scheduled court appearances, without posting bail. This term is also referred to as, “PR Bond,” a judge will typically interview the defendant while in custody, and a recommendation is made to the court.

· Bounty Hunter

A bounty hunter is a person who captures fugitives and criminals for a monetary reward (bounty). The occupation, also known as bail enforcement agent, bail agent, recovery agent, bail recovery agent, or fugitive recovery agent, has historically existed in many parts of the world.

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