Bail is a monetary fee that allows a person charged with a crime to be released from jail pending the outcome of their case. In general, non-serious crimes often allow defendants to post bail immediately. However, defendants charged with more serious crimes are detained until a bail hearing is held.
The cost and conditions of bail (also commonly referred to as “bond”) can vary depending on a wide range of factors. Some of those factors include the severity of the alleged crime, the defendant’s criminal history, and ties the defendant has to the community. Once an amount and the terms of bail are determined, the defendant (or someone on that person’s behalf) may pay the bail (or “post the bond”). Assuming the defendant follows all of the terms of bail, the posted amount will be returned following the completion of the case.
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