The short answer is by bonding them out with straight cash, or having a bondsman bail the person out. For many misdemeanors, there is no need to post a bond because judges and magistrates are more inclined towards “pre-trial bonds.”
If a person gets a pre-trial bond it means the person does not need to post any money. However, a pre-trial bond usually has some strings attached. Defendant’s that are “on pre-trial” usually are required to be supervised by pre-trial officer. It is a lot like being on probation and involves being drug tested randomly.
When the allegations in a case are serious, it is more common for magistrates to set high bonds instead of pre-trial bonds. We see many cases where the bond is set between ten and one hundred thousand dollars. When this is the case it is often not financially feasible to post the entire bond in cash.
The way bonding companies work is that they take a fee of usually ten percent, and they vouch that the defendant is going to appear in court when they are supposed to. If the defendant does not show to court, the bondsman will be on the hook for the entire amount. If a person does not show to court and they don’t have an excuse, the bondsman will usually start looking for the person.See All Questions