Those heading to trial soon may have heard about the option of purchasing bail bonds. But how exactly do these work, and how does this differ from bail itself? Below is everything you need for a full understanding of bail bonds.
Shortly after a defendant is arrested, they must go before a judge. During this initial arraignment, the judge will set the amount of the accused’s bail. If the defendant pays this amount, they will be released from jail until the trial begins. At the conclusion of the trial, this bail money is returned to the defendant, regardless of what the jury finds. Should the defendant miss a court appearance, they are denied any further release and forfeit the return of their bail money. Defendants accused of severe crimes or who are at serious risk of avoiding future court appearances may be denied bail entirely.