What’s the Difference Between Bail v. Bond?


An article from ehow.com on the difference between what is bail and what is a bond 


After an arrest, a judge usually sets a bail order. A bail order is an amount of property that must be paid or pledged to the court before the suspect is released from police custody. The amount of the bail depends on the crime that the suspect is accused of committing. For example, bail for murder is typically higher than the bail for someone charged with theft. Defendants usually receive the option of paying their bail in cash or posting a bond, often using a bail bondsman. In some states, including Oregon, Wisconsin, Illinois and Kentucky, bonds are not permitted and a defendant can only post bail.

Paying bail and posting bond are not the same thing even though they seem to have similar results. Bail is cash that a defendant pays in order to be released from police custody. Regardless of the amount of the bail, if a defendant pays cash, this is considered a bail bond. A person can also win release from custody by posting a property bond, which is title to a defendant’s property. The property would be forfeited in the event the defendant failed to show up in court. A defendant also could uses a bondsman to post a surety bond. The bail bondsman agrees to pay the amount of the bail order if the defendant fails to appear in court.



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