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Bail vs. Bond in Virginia

After browsing the internet there seems to be a few different opinions of the definition of what bail and bond actually mean in the state of Virginia. Often when someone is released from jail you hear the words "bailed out" or "out on bail". Both popular phrases essentially mean the same thing which is they both are providing some sort of freedom from jail while awaiting their trial to be heard in court. While this freedom might be looked at as temporary a bail bond is necessary in Virginia for the accused to pay to the state if the person decides to not show up to court and the court issue a failure to appear better known as a FTA.


A bail is the amount set by the court, a bond is how the bail is essentially posted and promised to be forfeited by the surety or bail bond company who posted it on the defendants behalf.


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