To get out of jail, a person arrested and charged for a crime may need to post bail. Also known as a bond, a bail is a procedure that guarantees the complete appearance of an alleged criminal in trial. It is typically determined during a defendant’s first meeting in court, as set by an officer or judge.
Most crimes are bondable offenses, except for capital crimes such as espionage, treason, murder and genocide. However, in rare instances, a civil case may impose bail to secure a payment or a civil duty performance. Contrary to what most people think, a bail does not act as a pre-trial punishment or a fine.