In AAA Bail Bond

Various terms and phrases relating to bail bonds can understandably be confusing for someone unfamiliar with the administration of bail. We hope that the explanations below can provide a resource that alleviates stress or worry about the bail bond process.

  • ARRAIGNMENT – The initial appearance before a judge in a criminal case. At an arraignment, the charges against the defendant are read, a lawyer is appointed if the defendant cannot afford one, and the defendant’s plea is entered. A plea can be guilty, not guilty, or where permitted nolo contendere.
  • ARREST – This occurs when a citizen is taken into custody by law enforcement or other person with appropriate authority because they were charged or suspected of violating the law, had a warrant for their arrest, or are found to be in violation of their bail bond agreement.
  • BAIL AGREEMENT/CONTRACT – A legally enforceable agreement between two or more competent parties made in writing in which an offer is made and accepted, and each party benefits. In the case of a Bail Bond Agreement, a client (defendant/indemnitor) has agreed to guarantee the appearance of the defendant, for every court date, until the court case is closed.
  • EXTRADITION – The surrender of an accused criminal by one state to the jurisdiction of another
  • HEARING – A formal proceeding (generally less formal than a trial) with definite issues of law or of fact to be heard. Hearings are used by courts and also by legislative and administrative agencies.
  • MOTION – A request made to a court or judge which seeks a ruling or order in favor of the applicant.
  • NEGLIGENCE – Failure to use care which a reasonable and prudent person would use under similar circumstances.
  • SUBPOENA – An order compelling a person to appear to testify or produce documents.
  • OPINION – A judge’s written explanation of a decision of the court or of a majority of judges. A dissenting opinion disagrees with the majority opinion because of the reasoning and/or the principles of law on which the decision is based. A concurring opinion agrees with the decision of the court but offers further comment. (A per curiam opinion is an unsigned opinion of the court.)
  • WRIT – A judicial order directing a person to do something.
  • PROSECUTOR – A trial lawyer representing the government in a criminal case and the interests of the state in civil matters. In criminal cases, the prosecutor has the responsibility of deciding who and when to prosecute.
  • PUBLIC DEFENDER – Government lawyer who provides free legal defense services to a poor person accused of a crime.
In the event that you or someone you love is in need of a bail bondsman, don’t hesitate to contact AAA Bail Bonds at 612-900-3400.