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The Difference Between a Bail and a Bond

Last updated 5 years ago

The words “bail” and “bond” are usually used interchangeably, but they don’t mean exactly the same thing. In this article, we’ll discuss the difference between a bail and a bond

Bail

Bail refers to the actual cash amount that the judge or other court official says must be paid in order for you to obtain your release from jail. When people pay their bail, they are paying the full amount, in cash, right then and there. The good news about paying your actual bail is that you can get the full amount back when you’ve finally made your way completely through the court system. The bad news about paying your actual bail is that most people don’t have several thousand dollars to spare, and it will take a long time for this money to be returned to you.

Bond

Bond is an agreement between your bail bondsman and the court that your bail bondsman will pay the full amount of your bail if you skip town. With a bond, you’ll have to pay a certain amount up front—usually ten percent of your total bail, which your bail bondsman will accept as his fee. However, you won’t have to try to raise the full cost of your bail. In addition, once you pay your fee to the bail bondsman, you’re done. As long as you make all of your court appearances, you don’t have to worry about your bail again. You won’t have money tied up in the courts during your entire legal process, which is typically when you can least afford it.

If you or a loved one is being held in prison and you require the assistance of an experienced and trustworthy bail bond agent, call 24 Seven Bail Bonds at (732) 418-2245. At 24 Seven Bail Bonds, our clients come first. Every client is treated with courtesy and is guaranteed effective representation. Our expertise and integrity have earned us a reputation as one of New Jersey's 24 hour premier Bail Bond Companies. Contact us today!

 

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