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bailAfter you have been arrested for a crime, you often have to post bail before you can be released from police custody. The bail process can be confusing. If you do not post bail, you will held in jail until your trial. This can affect the way you fight your case and can influence you to take a plea deal that you might not otherwise take.

What Is Bail?

Bail is property you turn over with the promise that you will show up for your court dates. In Illinois, the property posted for bail is almost always cash. When you post bail you are given a bail bond. There are three kinds of bail bonds in Illinois:

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b2ap3_thumbnail_bail.jpgA bill has been signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner, designed to alleviate the problem of the inability to afford bail for those charged with certain nonviolent crimes. Often, defendants charged with crimes are eligible for release before their trial date, but cannot afford bail. This means that they stay in jail pending trial, which can be weeks or months away. Even though they have not been convicted of a crime, they suffer serious personal and economic troubles as a result of the incarceration.

Pilot Program

Senate Bill 202 creates a separate court for impoverished inmates charged with low-level shoplifting and trespassing offenses. If, within 30 days of bail being set, their cases are not resolved and they cannot afford bail, the sheriff can release them pending trial.

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