How Different Bail Bonds Work

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 available.

Surety Bonds

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.

Cash 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 Bond

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.

Citation Release

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.

Property Bond

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.


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