bail bond | Definition

bail bond

A bail bond is a financial guarantee made by a defendant or by someone acting on behalf of a defendant to ensure that the defendant will appear in court as required.

Bail is typically set by a judge and is intended to secure the release of a defendant from custody while they await trial.

If a defendant is unable to pay the full amount of their bail, they may be able to secure the services of a bail bond agent. The bail bond agent will typically charge a fee (usually a percentage of the total bail amount) in exchange for posting the bond on behalf of the defendant. If the defendant appears in court as required, the bail bond is discharged and the defendant is released from any financial obligation to the bail bond agent. However, if the defendant fails to appear in court, the bail bond agent may be required to pay the full amount of the bail to the court, and they may then seek to recover that amount from the defendant or from the person who posted the bond on behalf of the defendant.

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