Bail: Post Using Bail Bondsman

A bail bondsman or bail bond agent is any person or business that will act as a surety and pledge money or property as bail for the appearance of persons accused in court.

Bail bond agents charge a fee for fronting the money to the court, usually 10% of the bail. This fee is not refundable.

For large bail amounts, bond agents can generally obtain security against the assets of the defendant or persons willing to assist the defendant. For example, for a $100,000 bond for a person who owns a home, the bond agent would charge $10,000 and take a mortgage against the house for the full penal sum of the bond.

Before working with the bail bond agent, ask to see their license and identification to make sure they are legitimate. Afterward, make sure to get receipts and copies of signed documents.

Find a Bail Bond Agent 

Use the Statewide List of approved bail bond agents, located on the Minnesota Judicial Branch official web site, to find a legitimate bail bond agent. They will help you through the rest of the bail posting process.

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