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What Is Bail?

Bail is the money a defendant pays to the court to be released from custody before the trial. Bail serves as an assurance that he will return to the court on the date of the trial. If the defendant does return to the court on that date, the court will refund his bail.

How Is Bail Set?

Judges are responsible for setting bail. In determining the amount, judges consider several factors:

How Do I Post Bail?

If you wish to post bail, you have several options:

Can I Get out of Jail without Posting Bail?

Possibly. A judge will sometimes release a person "on his own recognizance," meaning that the person simply must sign a promise to show up in court. People who are released on their own recognizance are generally people who do not pose a high flight risk. Thus, a judge will be more likely to release a defendant on his own recognizance if:

Should I Speak to a Criminal Defense Lawyer about my Bail?

If you have questions regarding your bail, you may want to discuss them with a criminal defense lawyer. A good criminal defense lawyer will let you know what options are available to you. Further, criminal defense lawyers that practice in your location know what the standard bail setting practices are for particular judges.

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Last Modified: 05-21-2014 11:19 AM PDT

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