People often ask “what is the difference between bond vs bail” and “Why should I pay a bail bondsman a 10% fee for a bail bond if I have the money to put up for a cash bond?” That’s a good question. In the old days, when a person deposited the bond amount in cash, all of the money was returned to the depositor when the case was over.
If you are arrested in one county for charges out of a different county, you can certainly bond out, as long as the warrant has a bond on it set by a judge who issued the warrant from the county where the charges originate. The jail staff where the person is being held on the out-of-county charge will take and process bonds from a licensed bail agent, just like they would accept bonds for local in-county charges.
Know what your obligations and risks are before you co-sign on a bail bond. Co-signing on a bond is not like writing a letter of recommendation for an individual–it carries a real financial risk to the signer. You are guaranteeing an accused defendant’s appearance in court, for each and every court date that the person is required to make, until the charges against that defendant are terminated.