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In Virginia, the law provides that most people charged with crimes are entitled to remain free before trial by posting a bond. In serious cases, the law creates a presumption against bond and requires defendants to provide evidence to overcome the presumption.
A bond is a promise to appear in court as directed and to forfeit money upon failure to appear. A bond can be secured or unsecured. Unsecured bonds are usually granted to defendants accused of minor crimes. A secured bond requires the defendant to post money (or sometimes property) with the court before release. An unsecured bond does not require prepayment.
Bail is the money or property posted to secure a bond. If you cannot afford to pay the required bail, you may be able to hire a bail bondsman to post a secured bond for you. Bondsmen usually charge 10% for posting the bond.
Judges have a lot of discretion in considering bond and bail requirements. In addition to the amount of a secured bond, the judge can impose many other conditions, including curfews and other restrictions.
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