Bail - Cash or bond posted by a defendant as collateral to ensure that he or she returns to court on a future date.
Bail Bondsman - A person or corporation that will act as a surety and pledge money or property as bail for the appearance of persons charged with crimes in court.
Bailiff - Bailiffs are distinguished by their badges. They, along with Sheriff’s Deputies are responsible for security in the court room. They often assist the clerk of the court with clerical duties.
Bench Warrant - A warrant issued by a judge when an individual defendant fails to appear in court at a specified date and time.
Beyond A Reasonable Doubt - Beyond a reasonable doubt is the standard of proof required to sustain a criminal conviction in most courts in the United States, including Maryland. Beyond a reasonable doubt carries a higher burden of proof than the preponderance and clear and convincing standards of evidence that are typically applied in civil cases.
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