About Bail Bonds

Quick Release Bail Bonds

Types Of Bail Bonds

Once a suspect has been arrested, he or she may be released pending trial.  A bail is property given to a court as collateral for release; this financially guarantees the defendant’s appearance in court.  What are the release options for someone who is arrested?  There are 3 ways to be released:  Surety Bonds, Cash Bonds or personal recognizance.

01. Surety Bonds

02. Cash Bonds

03. Personal Recognizance

Surety Bond

For a premium, bail agents guarantee to the court that they will pay the bail forfeiture should that defendant fail to appear for their schedule court date. In exchange, the defendant is charged a premium; about 10% of the bail amount.

Cash Bonds

To be released with a cash bond, cash must be given to the court in the full amount of the bail. The court holds the cash until the defendant shows up for their scheduled court dates, the cash is returned to them after fines, fees, and court cost have been assessed. If he or she fails to appear, the cash is forfeited to the court.

Personal Recognizance

Another method of release pending trail is being released on personal recognizance. This will typically be decided by a judge during arraignment on a case by case basis. Usually, the staff members of these programs interview individuals in custody and make recommendations to the court regarding release of these individuals on their own recognizance (i.e. without financial security to ensure the interviewee’s return.)