The full amount of the bond is posted by the defendant or on behalf of the defendant in what is called a cash bond. If the defendant attends all court dates, the depositor of the cash bond will receive back their money, less any court costs, court fees, fines, and other criminal penalties.
A surety bond is purchased through a bail bondsman. The purchaser pays a set fee to a bail bondsman who in turn presents the court with the bond. As long as the defendant does not miss any court dates, no further monies are paid to the bail bondsman.If a defendant skips bail and doesn’t appear at a court date, the bail will be surrendered. In the event that a defendant’s bail is paid through a bail bondsman, the bail bond agent has the authority to locate the defendant and surrender him or her to the court.