excessive bail
n.
Bail set in an amount greater than that required to prevent the accused from fleeing, prohibited by the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


excessive bail
An amount of bail that's more than necessary or usual to assure that the defendant will appear for subsequent court appearances. A defendant can claim excessive bail and make a motion to have it reduced.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

excessive bail
n.
   an amount of bail ordered posted by an accused defendant which is much more than necessary or usual to assure he/she will make court appearances, particularly in relation to minor crimes. If excessive bail is claimed, the defendant can make a motion for reduction of bail, and if it is not granted, he/she can then apply directly to a court of appeal for reduction.
   See also: bail

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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