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A bail bond is an obligation signed by the accused to secure his or her presence at the trial. This obligation means that the accused may lose money by not properly appearing for the trial. A bail bond is often just referred to as a bond. If the suspect does not return for trial, the surety (usually a bail bondsman) forfeits the money or other property deposited with the court. Therefore, if the suspect “jumps bail,” the bail bondsman usually employs a bounty hunter to seek out the suspect.

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