The purpose of bail is to guarantee the appearance in court of one arrested for a crime to determine guilt or innocence. The 8th Amendment to our United States Constitution guarantees this right to all citizens and prohibits excessive bail. The 5th Amendment provides for the “due process of law” for all, including the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. Failure to guarantee the right to bail would make any arrest and incarceration almost a finding of guilt. If you are looking for a bail bondsman in Atlanta, Augusta, or Columbus make sure that you are charged the legal rate. “Sureties on criminal bonds in any court in the State of Georgia shall not charge or receive more than 12 percent of the principal amount of bonds set in the amount of $10,000.00 or less and shall not charge or receive more than 15 percent of the principal amount of bonds set in an amount in excess of $10,000.00 as compensation from defendants or from anyone acting for defendants."