The Arresting Officer, Judge or Court Clerk will inform you if bail is required, the amount of your bail to be posted, and how it is to be posted. Bail is a form of security to be sure you return to court. In the event you fail to appear when directed, your bail is subject to forfeiture. Bail can't be returned until such time that the case is finished. Please note that if there is a conviction, there is a mandatory state surcharge on cash bail (3% of the amount).