Please take some time to watch the video to learn about how bail bonds work. After a person is arrested a judge will set what is called a bail bond. That is the amount that a person must post in order to be released from jail. Most people do not have the full amount to post the bail in order to be released. This is where a bail bondsman can post the entire amount on behalf of the person to be released for a smaller sum. This amount is usually about ten percent of the total. The bail bond is paid by the bail bondsman and the individual is then released. It can take several hours of processing to get this done, depending on the time of day.