Many people are misinformed about how bail works. It is not uncommon to hear phrases like “bail you out” or for people to think that bail is simply a means to pay one’s way out of jail. This is not the case at all. Bail is basically a surety that an individual pays in order to get out of custody shortly after being arrested. By paying bail, the individual promises that he or she will be at his or her scheduled court date, which is typically his or her arraignment hearing.