Criminal Procedures

The Criminal Process

What is bail?

Bail refers to money or security paid to the court in order to secure the temporary release of a defendant charged with a crime. The defendant—or the friend or family of the defendant—pays money to the court in the promise that the defendant will reappear for the next court hearing in the case. Historically, bail did not require the delivery of money, but a person would serve as a surety and promise that the defendant would appear for later court dates.


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