When a person is arrested, they are either eligible to post bail, or they are required to stay in jail. On the surface level, that is as simple as it gets, but understanding bail options is where it gets more complex. There are multiple methods...

The option to post bail is not up to the defendant, the defendant’s family and friends, or the arresting police; it is up to the judge. Since the judge is never actively present at the time of the actual arrest, the defendant will not immediately...

Bail – determined by a judge, this is the amount of money a defendant will need to pay court in order to leave jail. Bond, or bail bond – a written contract from a professional bail agent to the court (acts as bail payment) with the...