Bail is something you hear about when someone gets arrested. The news is filled with information about how an arrested person was released on bail for ‘X’ thousands of dollars, and is due in court in ‘X’ weeks. How does bail really work in these situations?
An individual who has been arrested will be taken to jail to be booked. He will be scheduled for a court trial which will determine his guilt or innocence. Prior to the conclusion of the case, he can spend the time in jail, or be released on bail.
Bail is a special financial arrangement made either by the defendant or a bail bonds agency on behalf of the former, to facilitate the defendant’s temporary release. It is designed to ensure that the defendant will not flee the jurisdiction, and will appear in court on the designated trial schedule. Bail is essentially a set amount paid monetarily, or in assets or bonds.
The agency who posted the bail is now held responsible for ensuring that the defendant appears in court on the day of trial. In that sense, a bail bonds agency serves both the defendant and the government, by providing what each one needs in the course of finding justice.