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Bail

“Bail” and “Bond” are often used interchangeably. Bail refers to money or some other type of security (real estate) that is accepted by the court in exchange for the release of a defendant who must appear in court at a future time. The purpose of bail is to ensure the defendant makes all the required appearances in court. The amount of bail required for posting is generally set according to a bail schedule that varies from county to county and state to state. See also, Bail Bond, Bail Bondsman, Bail Schedule.