Many do not know what a bondsman is until they or someone they love needs one. A bail bondsman is a bail bond agent who will act as what is called a surety, and pledge money as bail for people that have been arrested and cannot afford the bail the judge set. This might sound like a confusing business, but it can be relatively easy with the proper education and references.
What happens when people are charged with a crime is they go before a judge to have their bail set based on the type of crime they have been accused of committing. Once bail is set family or friends are allowed to post bail, but more often than not the bail is too much for someone to pay at once. This is where a bail bondsman comes in.
A bail bondsman puts up the money for the bail of the person who has been arrested. The court accepts the bail from the bondsman because they are responsible for getting the accused criminal to their court date. If the person chooses to not go to court and jumps bail the bondsman is responsible for paying the rest of the bail if they cannot catch and deliver the accused to prison. A lot of what a Bondsman does is paper work and dealing with money, but they also have to hunt people down if they skip bail so they do not lose their money.
If you are thinking of becoming a bondsman you are going to have to like chasing and finding the accused if they jump bond. There are some that love the business and there are some that hate the chase. Those that love the chase will love being a bondsman.
To ensure that the bondsman does not lose a large amount of money if the accused jumps bail, the bondsman will ask for some type of collateral before agreeing to post bail. If the accused cannot come up with a collateral equivalent to the amount of their bail they will need a co-signer with the collateral needed.
Most bondsmen need to work 24 hours a day because people need to be bailed out in the middle of the night. You might even say more people need to speak with a bondsman in the middle of the night than during the day. Most bondsman will take a call and listen to the situation and most smart bondsman will assess the situation and decide if the accused is worth the risk. There are some accused that are too big a risk to merit bail bondsman services.