Glossary of Bail Bond Terms

by | Jul 25, 2022 | Bail Bonds

If it’s your first time bailing someone out of jail, you might not know where to start. In fact, you might not even fully comprehend some of the associated basic vocabulary. It might be frightening to not comprehend, especially if you go through the procedure by yourself.

Learn the meanings of these phrases so you may approach the bail bonds process more confidently. When you comprehend what these terms represent, you will feel more at ease going to Alliance Bail Bonds at 3668 W International Speedway Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL 32124 for your bond.


In order to get your loved one out of jail while your case is being heard, bail must be posted with the court or to a bail bond agency. The bail is determined by the judge, and you can either pay the full amount directly to the court or a portion of it to a bail bond agency.


Bail and bond are not the same thing, despite what many people think. A bail bond is a three-party contract or agreement that specifies the terms of payment and is made between you, a bail bond agent or firm, and the court. Only a bail bond firm is able to provide a bail bond.


The portion of the court procedures known as the arraignment is where the accused is informed of the allegations leveled against them. This typically happens after you have posted bail and been let out of jail. The accused will have the chance to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty before the presiding judge at the arraignment. Future court dates will be scheduled if the accused enters a plea of not guilty during the arraignment, which often ends the proceedings immediately.


A defendant, often known as the accused, is the individual who has been detained and/or accused of a crime and will appear in court.


The most serious crimes are felony offenses, which if committed, frequently result in jail time and/or financial penalties. A sentence of one year and one day or longer in state prison is accompanied by a felony.


A misdemeanor is a less serious offence that carries a one-day to one-year jail sentence as well as possible fines.


Don’t have the funds to post bail? When you work with a bail bond agency, they will post your entire bail amount in return for payment of 10% of the total bail amount. Along with the 10% down payment to be held by the bail bond firm until the case is decided in court, the bail bond agency may occasionally ask for collateral. Property such as a home, automobile, jewelry, or other assets may be used as collateral. Most of the time, the bail bond agency does not ask for collateral.

Conditions of Bail

Conditions for bail are occasionally set by judges. Restrictions on drug usage, alcohol use, or simply spending time with particular persons may be part of these requirements. If the person you bail out of jail doesn’t adhere to these rules, they can be detained once more.


In essence, the indemnitor is a third person that the defendant is aware of. The contract ensuring that your loved one will appear in court after being released is signed by this person. A co-signor on a bail bond is another name for an indemnitor.

Failure to Appear

Failing to appear, or FTA, is the act of a person failing to show up in court as required for the legal proceedings. If a defendant does not show up for court, another arrest may be made right away. If a person who has been released on bail fails to appear, the bail bond agent will track them down, make an arrest, and take them back to jail.


An arrest warrant is a legal document that enables law enforcement to detain someone they suspect of committing a crime. A warrant for someone’s arrest, for instance, can be issued if they don’t show up for court. A capias is another name for an arrest warrant.

Bail Bond Agency

A bail bond agency provides the bail for your loved one in return for a percentage of the fee. Here, you can discuss your options for bailing out a loved one and ensuring their safe return home. Alliance Bail Bonds understands the position you are in. Call or stop by our office today to discuss your options for bailing out a friend in need immediately. 386-257-5116 or visit our website at