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How Bail Bonds Work by AboutBail

What is Bail?

In short, bail is a part of our legal system that allows an accused person to be temporarily released from custody so they can continue their lives while they prepare for their day in court which in some cases can be up to 6 months.

In criminal cases, it is a sum of money or bail bond that needs to be posted by or on behalf of a defendant to guarantee their appearance in court. The right to reasonable bail is guaranteed to you by the Eighth Amendment of the Consitution of the United States( excerpt from the 8th amendment - prohibiting the federal government from imposing excessive bail, excessive fines or cruel and unusual punishments, including torture.)

The court system will set the amount of bail required for the defendant's release.

Under state law, a company can provide a "bail bond" that guarantess payment of the full bail amount to the court if the defendant does not show up for all scheduled appearances.

These bail bonds are offered by licensed bail service providers for providing the pre-trial release service, bail service providers charge a premium - a percentage of the total bail amount, typically 10% unless payment arrangements have been made. For example, for a bail amount set at $15,000, the premium would be about $1,500 plus any additional fees required. The premium is not refundable once the defendant is released.

Bail is a system in which the defendant can be released during the course of their trial in exchange for money or surety.

The bail is a type of insurance for the courts that promises the defendant will make it to all the scheduled court dates. Paying this bail allows the defendant to be able to go about their normal lives while the trials and proceeding are ongoing.

Sometimes, the initial trial may not start until 6 months after the defendant had been charged. Not being able to post bail can bring great financial stress to a

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