A bail bond is a type of surety bond, which means that it is a written three-party contract in which the person acquiring and providing the bond are obligated to pay a set amount of money if certain obligations set forth are not fulfilled. Bail bonds are provided by surety bond companies like A-1 Bail Bonding Agency Inc. and bail bondsmen.
The important of bail bonds is that they ensure the release of the defendant from jail. This can be done through one of two types of bail bonds. The first is a criminal bail bond, which is used in criminal cases and guarantees the defendant appears for trial when called as well as payment. The second is a civil bail bond, which is used in civil cases and guarantees payment of debt, plus interest and costs assessed to the defendant.