In this video, you will learn about a bail bondsman. Bail can be tricky to understand. To begin with, paying or posting your bail does not in any way get you out of your crime.
It merely acts as collateral that you are going to return for your court case and not have to spend the time in jail. The judge for your case has the authority to set bail as high or low as they want. If they believe you may be a flight risk, they may set bail higher for you. This is increasingly difficult for people who have low-income because they usually cannot post bail. Capital offenses are not bailable. Meaning, offenses like murder are not bailable to any amount. A capital offense can carry the possibility of the death penalty, so the courts ruled that keeping these people in jail is the best option. Unfortunately for some people who can’t pay their bail, they might have to sit in jail for weeks or even months. This is not ideal but is the harsh reality of the judicial system. Keep watching this video for more information.