Before arrested citizens can mount a criminal defense in Maryland courts, they may be entitled to bail. This is money paid to a court to guarantee that a person who is released from jail will appear at required proceedings.
A defendant may post their own bail, have someone over 18 post it for them, or use a bail bondsman. The person who posts bail accepts complete responsibility for assuring that the defendant appears in court. When a defendant does not appear, the court will issue an immediate arrest warrant and the bail will be forfeited.