When an individual is arrested, they will either have to post bail or wait in custody until the trial date.
Trials are often set weeks or months from the date of arrest and should not be confused with first appearance.
Bail is a set amount of money that acts as insurance between the court and defendant.
A bail bondsman or bail bond agent is any person or corporation that will act as a surety and pledge money or property as bail for the appearance of persons accused in court.
You may leave "jail" if your paper(s) are signed for legal dismissal by a bail bondsman.
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Bail works by releasing a defendant in exchange for money that the court holds until all proceedings and trials surrounding the accused person are complete.
The court hopes that the defendant will show up for his or her court dates in order to recover the bail.
Trials can begin weeks or months after an initial arrest, and if not for bail, many people, some of whom might be innocent, would have to wait in jail until their trials began. At the minimum, this can present a financial hardship, as the person would be unable to work. The person would also be missing his or her life -- family events, holidays, etc.
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