A co-signer is a person who signs a legal agreement along with the court where the defendant is to appear and the bail bond agency that will be posting the bond. His key responsibilities include:
- To pay the fee fixed by the bail bond agency. (usually 10% or 15% of the full bail amount)
- To ensure that the defendant arrives in the court for all the hearings whenever asked by the court.
- To pay other additional charges like if the defendant doesn’t show up in court and bail bond agency pays a fugitive recovery business to find the defendant and return him to jail, in that case such fee may be recovered by the agency from the cosigner or indemnitor.