Quite simply: No, you do not need a bondsman to post bail.
If you have the total amount of the bail in cash, for example, the entire $50,000 bail amount, you can post what is called a “cash bail” directly at the jail. You will take the full amount ($50,000) in cash or cashiers check to the jailer to secure the release of the defendant. When the defendant’s case is concluded, you would receive that cash back, less any administrative fees charged.
If you (like most people) don’t have $50K on hand that you want to tie up for the duration of the case, your next call is likely a bondsman.
Bail Bondsman Fees
Bail bonds companies by state mandate usually charge 10% of the total bond amount. So if the bail is set at $50,000, it would cost the person assuming responsibility for the defendant, and paying for the bond, $5,000 to bail out their friend or family member. This is a fee to the bondsman for assuming the liability of the full $50,000.
Bail bondsmen create a much needed public service by way of making bail financially affordable. Although the amount one pays a bail bondsman is a non-refundable premium, paying 10% for a bail bond much easier than having to pay the full $50,000.