Bail Bond

A bond provided by a bond company through a bail bondsman to secure the release from jail of a defendant prior to trial. Typically, 10 percent of the amount of the bond is charged by the bail service. In most cases the bail service will also ask the defendant to pledge collateral such as real property. If the person who has been bailed out flees the jurisdiction and does not appear for his or her criminal proceedings, the bond is forfeit. A warrant for his or her immediate arrest will be issued by the court.

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