Bail Bond

An obligation signed by the accused to secure his or her presence at the trial. This obligation means that the accused may lose money by not properly appearing for the trial. Often referred to simply as "bond."

Source: U.S. Courts

A legal paper that you buy from a bondsman and give to the court instead of bail. The defendant signs it and is let go. But if they dont come to court when theyre supposed to, they must pay the amount of money on the bail bond.

Source: California Courts.

Monetary guarantee that an individual released from jail will be present in court at the appointed time. If the individual is not present in court at the appointed time, the monetary value of the bond is forfeited to the court.

Source: Missouri Department of Insurance