What are the Differences Between a Bail and a Bond?

Once you are arrested and arraigned in court, where you plead not guilty, you are entitled to bail. This is an amount that will be set by the judge so that once you pay it you are allowed to leave jail. However, there is a catch. You need to guarantee that you’ll be attending court proceedings when told to.

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Not attending those proceedings will lead to your arrest. You are also eligible for bail if it is proven beyond any reasonable doubt that you are connected to the community. This is the case if you are working or looking after your family. You do not have to leave all that behind because of a misdemeanor. So, you will have to pay the cash bail, or use a credit card to pay the amount set. Once your case is heard and determined, the amount posted as bail will be returned to you minus a fee for holding your money.

If you do not have the money to post bail you can seek assistance from the bonds agent. However, there are some terms and conditions you must fulfill. That includes providing collateral. It can be your car or house. This ensures that the bail bond agent can recover their money in case you fail to pay it back.


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