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Definition of Bail

Bail is money or bond which is given to the court temporarily and allows for the accused to leave jail. The bail or bond, which it is often called, provides assurance to the court that the accused party will return for his or her court appearances.

Under the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution bail amounts cannot be excessive. For instance, the state is not allowed to use bail to raise money for the state or as a punishment for the alleged criminal. Bail is also not to be used to allow the police more time to gather evidence. The primary goal for establishing the bail amount is for the court to find a reasonable amount of bail which deters the suspect from leaving the jurisdiction and not reappearing in court.

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