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Bond Definition

A bond is an order of the court specifying the amount of money or surety that must be posted to secure a defendant’s release from custody while a criminal charge is pending in court. A bond can be “personal,” which is a promise of the defendant to appear in court and follow the terms and conditions of their bond. If a defendant with a personal bond fails to appear in court, they will owe the court the total amount of the bond. For example, if a defendant is granted a $5,000.00 personal bond, they are released from jail in exchange for their promise to appear in court. If that person fails to attend a court hearing, they will owe the court $5,000.00.

Common Questions

How does a legal bond work?

What is difference between bail and bond?

In Michigan, bail and bond mean the same thing. Bail or bond is the amount of money ordered by a court that a criminal defendant has to pay in order to be released.

Do I get Bond Money Back?

Can you bail yourself out of jail with a debit card?


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