When you are charged with a crime, you will have to stay in jail for trial and hearing until the verdict is reached for your crime, however, if you want to be out of jail while the proceedings are still in process before the verdict, you will have to post bail.
Bail is known as a money or property that is set by the court to have a temporary release of the defendant from the confines of jail, bail bond is the promise made by the defendant or a surety towards the court to be present during court dates, otherwise failure to do so will forfeit that bail.
After the initial hearing, the court will set a specifically high bail for the defendant to ensure that he or she is kept in custody, and ensure that it will not be taken lightly, be forfeited and the defendant to disappear.
Once the bail amount is given by the court, the defendant or the surety will then proceed to post bail, and as a form of confirmation of the bail being posted, a receipt will be given, and the defendant may then be released from jail, following the agreement set as agreed on the bond.
If it happens that the defendant fails to appear even just once on the designated court dates, a forfeiture hearing will be set and an arrest warrant be served, where the defendant is given the opportunity to explain his failure to attend the court date, and if also failure to appear in that forfeiture hearing, the bond will be kept by the court and arrest be served.
In most cases, especially for immediate bail need, defendants will secure the money from a bail bondsmen where they will have to produce a collateral for the amount and the bail bondsmen will get 10% from the bail amount as their profit in the process.
Some other form of securing bail money may include cash bond, signature bond, or property bond and all that have certain requirements and you will have to determine as to which is best suited for you and your needs according to your capacity as well.
Once all is set, you can get a citation release, and you have to understand all the imposed additional conditions, and you also must be fully aware of all the consequences in the event of failure to meet the requirements and appear on your scheduled court dates.
You are posting bail is something of a privilege that you can get to be able to go about and do your thing as the progress of your case is on, so be responsible as well.