The Difference between Bail and Bail Bonds

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Do you know the difference between bail and bail bonds? While the 2 terms are similar, they are very different from one another. Knowing the difference between these 2 terms can help you save money if you ever need to bail a friend or family member out of jail.

Bail is an amount of money that is assigned to a defendant and must be paid for him or her to get out of jail. The bail is set by a judge at the defendant’s arraignment hearing. Bail, especially in California, is usually set in the price range of thousands of dollars. If you are like most people, you do not have thousands of dollars just lying around, waiting to be used...

What Is Bail, and What Is a Bail Bond?


Bail bonds and bail can easily be mistaken as the same thing, especially to the many of those who do not know the legal process that well. Bail bonds and bail are related, but they are very different.

Bail is the amount of money a defendant will have to owe court in order to be released from jail. A judge will determine the amount of bail per defendant, based on the crime he or she is accused of committing, his or her criminal history, his or her ties in the community, and their financial ability to pay for bail. The full bail amount must be paid in cash, to the court, before the defendant can be freed from jail, and it can be refunded at the end of the process, if everything goes smoothly.

A bail bond is issued by a bail bond company...