A Guide to the Various Types of Bonds Available

When one thinks about bonds there are probably two types that come to mind. Cash bonds where you use your own money to get released or surety bonds where you work with a bail bondsman to help you post bail. But did you know that there are actually several types of bonds beyond that? Here is an overview:

Federal Bond

If you’re being jailed for a federal crime, the only type of bond that can get you released is a federal bond. Federal bonds require cash and/or property and are negotiated directly with the courts as opposed to a bail bondsman.

Property Bond

A property bond is a bond that uses the property you own as collateral for release. These bonds are not allowed in all states and typically require an assessment of the property which means up to several weeks of waiting even if the courts decide to accept this type of bond.

Surety Bond

The surety bond is the most common bond in which one pays 10% of the bail cost and a bail bondsman assures the court that the defendant will show up to court dates.

Citation Release

A citation release happens when you are not actually arrested. This tends to happen for minor offenses such as traffic offenses. With a citation release, you will not be taken in custody but will be summoned to court in which a fine or penalty will be assessed.

Cash Bond

The cash bond is just how it sounds. It allows the defendant to pay cash to front their own bail. While a few facilities may accept debit or credit cards, the majority will accept cash only.


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