Bail can be an amount of money or conditions that are designed to ensure the defendant will appear in court as ordered and that the victim feels safe.
Bail can be addressed at various stages of the criminal process. Bail can be set upon arrest by a bail commissioner at the jail during the charging stage.
Otherwise, bail will be set once the defendant has been charged with an offense. If the defendant cannot come up with the funds or comply with the conditions of bail, he/she may stay in jail until their case is resolved.
Defendants can request a review of the set bail or a change in the bail with cause.