In a criminal or juvenile case, a “bond” is money or property a defendant gives to the court as security instead of staying in jail, pending the outcome of their trial.
Posting bond helps ensure that a defendant appears for future criminal proceedings and trial. If the defendant attends all required proceedings, the court returns their bond money. If a defendant does not appear in court, they forfeit their bond.
A magistrate determines whether to allow the defendant to post bond. The defendant can appeal a bond denial at the arraignment level. In determining whether bond is appropriate, courts will consider whether the defendant is a flight risk or presents a danger to others or themselves.
If you don’t want to stay in jail while awaiting the outcome of your trial, it is in your best interest to consult an experienced criminal defense attorney for effective legal counsel and representation. Call The Law Offices of Daniel J. Miller at (757) 267-4949 or contact us online to schedule a consultation about your case today.