Before you become an indemnitor on a bail bond, you should know what your responsibilities include. Being an indemnitor is not like vouching for someone’s character. It is a legally binding contract that carries significant financial liability. You are financially responsible until the accused has appeared at all their hearings and is officially adjudicated by the legal system. Bail Bonds are all NON-REFUNDABLE.
First, when the accused is released on a bail bond and then fails to appear in court, the bail agent has 60 days to return the accused to custody. If the accused cannot be returned to jail within that time period, the bondsman is legally obligated to pay the full amount of the bond to the clerk of the court; this process is called “Bond Forfeiture”. Once this happens, the “indemnitor” becomes liable to the bail bondsman for the amount forfeited. The agent has up to 2 years to return the accused to custody and receive all or a percentage of the forfeited money back.
If the “indemnitor” on a bail bond feels like the accused has become a risk to leave the jurisdiction where the charge was and/or not go to court, the bail bondsman has the power to revoke that person’s bond and return them to custody. After the accused is returned to jail, the “indemnitor’s” liability is over.