The most basic definition of an appearance bond is 10% bonds that friends or family members pay to the court that is holding your loved one. When an appearance bond is posted to the court the person who posted can receive up tp 90% of the money they posted back.
The defendant has two options for these bonds. First is to pay the entire amount of the bail set by the Judge to the court. (EX: $ 10,000 bond = $10,000 to the court). The second option is that a state licensed bail bond agency can post the bond on the defendant’s behalf for 10% of the set bond amount.