7 Types of Bail Bonds

picture showing different types of bail bonds

Sleeping in jail does not usually make for the best of memories. If you or your loved one is caught up in such a situation, the first thing that comes to mind is usually "get a bond". There are various types of bail bonds, so picking the right one for the right situation is what makes the difference. Here is a list of the 7 main types of bail bonds:

Cash Bail

This is the most common and straightforward form of bond. Using cash, cashier checks or credit cards, the arrested person "pays for their freedom". This person will still be required to make an appearance before the court.

Surety bond

A Bondsman will most likely offer you this type of bond. The surety bond requires that you pay 10% of the bail to a bonding agency. After you are released, you are still responsible for all subsequent court dates and hearings.

Property Bond

A property bond is something close to bank auctioning when you fail to repay borrowed money. The rights of your property are transferred to the court in exchange for your release. The most common type of property bond is real estate. Not all states accept property bonds because of the technicalities in property ownership.

Federal Bail bond  

If you are charged with a federal crime, a federal bail bond would be the only way you can get out. Federal bail bonds are set and mandated by the court and can be acquired using either cash or property. In most cases, you will not require the help of a bondsman to obtain one.

Immigration Bail bond

As the name suggests, the immigration bail bond applies to undocumented non-citizens in the United States. The amount of bond depends on the legal status of the immigrant and in most cases, it's necessary to hire a bondsman to get out.

Citation Release

A citation release is a bit different from the other forms of bonds. It does not require any cash transaction. In the event of an arrest, the police officer can decide to issue the arrested person with a citation release, specifying when they need to appear in court. Citation releases are often given out for minor offenses like traffic violations.

Recognizance Release          

The personal recognizance release is similar to the citation release. The only difference is that the individual has to sign paperwork guaranteeing that they appear in court on a particular day. Failure to do so warrants a fine.

These are 7 of the most types of bonds that exist in our society. If you are in trouble and need help, it is important to talk to one of our bondsmen so we can get you out as fast as possible.


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