Excessive Bail Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of Excessive Bail, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is 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.