The bail agent guarantees to the court the appearance of the Defendant every court date. If a defendant fails to appear for their scheduled court
appearance, the bond is forfeited and a warrant issued by the court. At this point the indemnitors will be liable to pay the amount
of the bond.

For this service, the defendant is charged a premium. The amount charged to the indemnitor is 10 percent, on state charges and 15 percent of federal
charges in Florida. The rates are regulated by the Department of Insurance. Prior to the posting of a surety bond, the bail agent undertakes a detailed
interview, as well as a complete application of the proposed guarantor (indemnitor).

After obtaining the indemnitor information and undertaking the bail bond, the bail bondsman then posts the bail bond at the jail on behalf of the
defendant, securing the defendant’s release. The defendant then also comes to meet with the bondsman where he also signs the bail bond contract.
Typically at that time the bail bondsman takes a photograph of the defendant and explains the bail office’s expectation in the performance of the
defendant while on bail..

After being released on bail the defendant then proceeds to court for his scheduled appearances and all subsequent appearances as ordered by the
court. Once the case is completed (closed, i.e. sentencing has been pronounced, case is dismissed) the bail bond is then exonerated.