Did you know that there are other types of bonds other than
seeing a bail bondsman or using cash?
These are definitely the most popular bonds, but they are not the only
ones. There are several other types of
bonds, but depending on the state or situation, they may or may not be
A surety bond is the most common type of bond. This is where a bail bondsman assures the
court that the defendant will show up to court in exchange for a fee equal to
10% of the total bond.
Not everyone can afford a cash bond. This is where the defendant pays the full
amount of their own bond. Most locations
will require cash, but some facilities may accept a debit or credit card.
Federal bonds are the only type of bond that is allowed for
someone being charged with a federal crime.
There is no bail bondsman involved in this type of bond; it is directly
negotiated with the federal government.
These bonds usually require cash and /or property.
If you are being charged with a minor crime and are not
actually arrested, you will be given what is called a citation release. This is usually something that is given for
things like traffic tickets. When you
are given this release, you are not arrested but are issued a summons to appear
in court to pay a fine or penalty.
If you do not have cash on hand to pay a cash bond or even
to pay the bail bondsman fee, it may be possible to negotiate your property as
collateral for release. This would
depend on several factors including the state and the value of the
property. This usually means that
someone can wait several weeks though as it may take time to have the property assessed
and the court make its decision.