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The following is based on information from State of Connecticut Judicial Branch: Common Legal Terms.
WHAT IS BAIL?
Bail, also known as bond, is the money, property, or signature given to assure that a person charged with a crime (defendant) will appear in court for trial. Under the Connecticut constitution, bond must be set in all cases except when the defendant is charged with a capital felony (death penalty cases). There are two kinds of bonds:
BAIL BONDSPERSON: A bail bondsperson is a professional who loans money to a defendant to post bond. There are two types of bail bondspersons:
BAIL COMMISSIONER: A state-appointed person who may set the amount of bond for persons detained at a police station prior to arraignment in court, and who recommends to the court the amount of bond that should be set for the defendant in a criminal case.
If the defendant fails to appear in court as scheduled, the judge may order the bond forfeited (paid to the State), and the defendant rearrested.
HOW TO FIND A BAIL BOND AGENCY:
Bail bond services can be found in the telephone directory yellow pages, under the category “Bail Bonds”.
For more information and “Frequently Asked Questions” about Bail, visit the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch website: https://www.jud.ct.gov/cssd/bail_faq.htm
SOURCES: State of Connecticut Judicial Branch: Common Legal Terms; Connecticut State Police; State of Connecticut Insurance Department
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CONTENT LAST REVIEWED: April2023