If you or someone you love has been arrested and is being held on bond, it means that a written promise has been signed by the defendant and surety to ensure that the defendant appears in court at the scheduled time and date. The court sets the amount of the bail, which is an amount of money in cash, property, or surety bond to make sure that a person attends all required court appearances. Being held on bond enables the arrested person (defendant) to be released from jail until his or her case is completed.
A person who has been arrested for a crime and booked into jail must go before a judge who decides the terms and conditions of that particular person’s bail order. There are certain circumstances in which bail is denied. Those cases are most likely to occur if the arrested person is considered a threat to the public. If bail is denied, the defendant cannot be released before the trial and is “remanded” into police custody.
If the defendant is granted a release from jail, a bond order has to be granted by the judge. That bond may be secured, which means that money or property is paid to secure the defendant’s release or unsecured, which is when you sign a document that says you will pay a certain amount of money if the defendant breaks his or her bond conditions.