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.
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.