Bail is collateral, in the form of cash, property or bond that must be posted by the defendant or a bail bondsman to ensure that the defendant returns to court on a future date. In some cases, the ASA in the courtroom will request that a specific amount of bail be set, or may request that the defendant receive no bail, in light of the serious nature of the charges against the defendant, the danger of the defendant to the community, and/or the victim(s), or the unlikelihood the defendant will return to court for future proceedings. If the defendant or someone on his or her behalf, such as a family member or bail bondsman posts the required amount of money, property or bond to make bail, he or she will be released. The defendant can also be released on personal recognizance, that is, with no conditions applied to the defendant while on release, if the court believes that bail is unnecessary. When it appears likely that bail will be set, the ASA may also request that certain restrictions be placed on the defendant while he or she is on pre-trial release.

No-Bond or Unable to Post

If the court places the defendant in a “no-bond” status, or a bail is set and the defendant is unable to post it, the defendant is generally detained at the Prince George’s County Department of Corrections during the pendency of the case. Defendants who are released on their own recognizance or who have been able to post bail must appear in court on all scheduled dates set by the court. However, if the defendant fails to appear, the judge may issue a warrant for the defendant's arrest.