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What Exactly is a Bail Bond?

Jeff Gerbowski

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"Innocent until proven guilty in a court of law" is the motto of our criminal justice system. But what exactly does that mean?

Well, this means that if you are arrested for any type of criminal offense, your innocence is maintained until you appear in court for a fair and just hearing in front of a judge. So where do bail bonds fit into this?

A bail bond is a type of surety offered to a court of law. It is offered as a type of insurance that states that if you are released from jail you will willfully return on the assigned date of your court hearing. If you do not return, all moneys will not be refunded and a warrant will be issued for the alleged criminal's arrest.

Why Does the Court System Allow This?

They allow this because of the original topic of discussion; “Innocent until proven guilty in a court of law". Because our justice systems assumes innocence until convicted in court they need to offer some type of option to let you out of jail until your hearing.

Occasionally, a judge may deny a person bail because they are an extreme risk. This typically happens with repeat offenders who have a history of not showing up to court when they are supposed to.

How many types of bail bonds are there?

There are quite a few, including the newest addition to the family, an intervention bail bond.

Essentially, it is a combination of a bondsman and a drug or alcohol intervention expert. This service is used for people who have a loved one that repeatedly ends up in jail as a result of their drug and/or alcohol abuse.

If you would like to learn more about this new type of bond you can search online for companies that offer this service.

For more information visit Intervention or Bail Bonds -


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