What is Bail?
Traditionally, bail is some form of property deposited or pledged to a court in order to persuade it to release a suspect from jail, on the understanding that the suspect will return for trial or forfeit the bail ("skipping bail" or "jumping bail" is also illegal).The word bail as a legal term means:
- Security, usually a sum of money, exchanged for the release of an arrested person as a guarantee of that person's appearance for trial. As a verb, bail in this instance means to secure the release of an arrested person by providing bail.
- Release from imprisonment on payment of such money. As a verb, bail in this instance means to release a person under such guarantee.
- The person providing such payment.
There are two ways to pay your bail. You may either pay the full amount of the bail or buy a bail bond. A bail bond is like a check held in reserve: It represents your promise that you will appear in court when you are supposed to. You pay a bond seller (i.e. Bail Bondsman to post a bond (a certain sum of money) with the court, and the court keeps the bond in case you don't show up.
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