Bail bonds are agreements made by criminal defendants to appear for trial or pay a set amount of money established by the court. The bail bond system gives a defendant awaiting trial to stay out of jail until their court date. The basics of the bail bond system remain throughout the states.
Let’s learn a little more about the basics of this system.
Cash bonds are when the defendant or surety deposits the whole amount of bail in cash. Cash is then held until the conclusion of the trial, eventually being returned later. In the event that the defendant posts their own cash bond, the court is able to deduct any fines. Another type of bond is the percentage bond. This is when the defendant deposits only a certain percentage of the bail. The surety is required to pay the rest of the bond if the defendant fails to appear in court.
The purpose of bail is to ensure that the defendant arrives to their trial without holding them in custody. The bail must be high enough so that they won’t skip.
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