What Is Bail

What is Bail?

Bail is the  amount of money set by the magistrate, police, or judge, depending on the state you are in, to make sure that a person goes to court or returns to court if they are released  after they have been arrested.

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When is Bail set?   

The Bail amount is set at the time of arrest.

If the defendant cannot afford the amount, he/she can petition the judge at arraignment for a lower amount. And, of course, they can use the services of a bail bondsman.

What is the difference between Bail and a Bail Bond?

Bail is the cash payment paid by the defendant to the court.

A bond is the bondsman’s pledge to make good on the bail if the defendant doesn’t appear.

See: http://www.diffen.com/difference/Bail_vs_Bond

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