When faced with the prospect of being arrested, New Jersey residents may have a lot of questions. This can be especially so if you have never before been arrested and have little to no experience with the criminal justice system. Most people have probably watched movies with bail bondsmen as characters but may not fully understand what that really means or if they are real. Just what is bail and what is bond?
As explained by CrimeFeed, a bail bondsman is in fact a real person or role. This person essentially makes a loan to a defendant, often using assets like vehicles, real estate or even weapons as collateral. The loaned money is then paid by the bail bondsman to the court as a guarantee that the defendant will appear in court as scheduled. Now that you understand a bit about how bond works, let's take a look at bail.
The purpose of bail is the same as bond - to provide a promise to the court that a defendant will return to a scheduled appointment. Bail is paid using the defendant's own money or money borrowed from a friend or family member rather than a third-party bail bondsman.
There are some cases in which defendants are not allowed to post bail or bond based upon the danger level associated with their alleged offense. This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to help New Jersey residents understand what bail and bond are and how they are different.