How Much Do Bail Bonds Cost?

Going to jail isn’t a fun experience, and if you want to be released from jail while in there, you’re going to have to post a bond.  A bail bond is what a person must post to the courts in order to leave the jail premises.  If you don’t have the funding to do so, a bail bonds service will be necessary.

Judges will be responsible for setting bail, and since most want to leave as soon as possible, jails will have a set bail schedule which allows you to get out of jail quickly.

Inside the jail by mark.watmough, on Flickr
Inside the jail” (CC BY 2.0) by mark.watmough

How much is it?

StateMaximum Bail Premium
AlaskaNo maximum
Arkansas10% maximum
California10% maximum
Colorado15% maximum
Connecticut$50.00 for bond amounts up to $500.00; 10% of the bond's face value for bond amounts from $500.00 to $5,000.00; and 7% of the bond's face value for bond amounts in excess of $5,000.00
DelawareNo maximum
District of ColumbiaNo private bail in this state
FloridaAt least 6.5%
GeorgiaCan't exceed 15% or $50, whichever is greater.
HawaiiNo maximum
IdahoNo maximum
IllinoisNo private bail in this state
IowaNo maximum
KansasNo maximum
KentuckyNo private bail in this state
LouisianaCan't exceed 12% or $120, whichever is greater.
MassachusettsNo private bail in this state
Michigan10% max
MinnesotaNo maximum
MississippiCan't exceed $50 or 10%, whichever is greater
MissouriNo maximum
MontanaNo maximum
NevadaCan't exceed $50 or 15%, whichever is greater.
New Hampshire10%
New Jersey10%
New Mexico10%
New York10% up to $3000, 8% for $3000-$10000, 6% for the amount over $10000.
North Carolina15%
North DakotaCan't exceed 10% or $75, whichever is greater.
OklahomaNo maximum
OregonNo private bail services in this state.
PennsylvaniaUp to 10% for first $100 and up to 5% for each additional $100
Rhode IslandBail bonds regulated by the courts
South CarolinaNo less than $25 and can't exceed 15%.
South DakotaNo maximum
TexasCounties regulate this, so it will vary.
WashingtonNo maximum
West Virginia10%
WisconsinThere is no private bail
WyomingNo maximum

What is going to be included?

How do bail bonds work?

  1. When someone is arrested for a crime, he or she will be taken to jail for booking.  During this process, you will have your fingerprints taken, a mugshot and will be asked for a statement.  From here, you will wait for your day in court.  During this time, which is usually during the week, the judge will set your bail if he or she decides to do so.
  2. Bail is a financial arrangement a company will make on behalf of a defendant.  Acting for this individual, the company will arrange with the courts to allow the suspect to be released from jail in exchange for the bail (cash).  If this individual doesn’t show up for the court, the bail agency will be held responsible and will hire a bounty hunter to hunt this person down.
  3. A bail bonds company will charge a premium fee, usually around 10% of the total, and this will be paid back, regardless of the verdict.  Depending on the situation, the company will either take assets from the defendant as a security deposit collateral or from a close family member.
  4. If the defendant doesn’t show up for court and is eventually caught, he or she will be sued in court to recover the money, plus any fees.

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