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Legal and Bail Terminology Explained

Last updated 6 years ago

No one expects to be arrested, but if you find yourself in that situation, it is important to be prepared. This list of terms regarding bail and sentencing will help you to understand the process.

Arraignment: A defendant’s first appearance in court, where the charges against him are read, a plea is entered, and bail is set. If the defendant wants to plea bargain with the prosecutor, this takes place after the arraignment.

Bail: The amount of money that the defendant must produce to be released from jail. According to the U.S. Constitution, bail must not be excessive, and its sole purpose must be to guarantee the defendant’s appearance in court—not to raise money for the government or punish the defendant for a crime. The defendant can either pay the entire amount of bail himself, or he can pay a fee of ten percent to a bondsman, who will pay the bail.

Bail schedule: An established set of bail amounts for common crimes. In some states, including New Jersey, a bail schedule serves to streamline the arraignment process. In the case of unusual crimes, or if a defendant wants to ask for a lower bail, he must still attend the arraignment before paying bail.

Bond: An agreement between a defendant and a bondsman that the defendant will appear in court. The bond is a contract between the bondsman, the defendant, and the courts that the bondsman will produce the defendant for a court appearance if he does not show up on his own.

Failure to Appear: The crime defendants are charged with if they do not appear for their court date, after which the bondsman will have to find them and bring them in.

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