What Are The Different Types of Bail Bonds?

What Are The Different Types of Bail Bonds?

The arrest of a friend or family member can be very scary and confusing. One of the first things that must be taken care of after the arrest is bail. The judge will use several factors, such as the severity of the crime, defendant's criminal record, and flight risk, to determine the amount of bail that you must pay to secure your loved one's release. This bail serves as an insurance to the courts that the defendant will appear at all future court appearances.

It's important to understand the different types of bail bonds and how they work.

Cash Value Bonds

In most cases, the judge will order the defendant to pay a set bail amount or otherwise remain in jail until at least the end of his trail. There are three types of cash value bonds.

  • Cash Bond – This is when you pay the entire bail amount in cash. Some courtrooms also accept check and credit card payments.
  • Property Bond – If the defendant doesn't have the full bail amount in cash, the court may allow him to use a property bond. With this type of bond, you can use property, such as a home, as collateral instead of cash.
  • Surety Bond – This option is ideal for those who don't have the cash upfront to pay for bail. By working with a bail bondsman, you will be required to pay a fraction of the bail amount instead of the full amount. The bail agency will work with you to secure the release of your loved one.

Non-Cash Bonds

In some cases, the courts may not require a defendant to pay any bail amount.

  • Release on Citation (Cite Out) – Rather than issuing an arrest warrant, the office delivers a citation to the defendant detailing the date and time of the court hearing.
  • Release on Own Recognizance – In less severe cases, where the defendant is not a flight risk, the judge can waive the bail amount and release the defendant on his own recognizance.

Immigration Bonds

Immigration bonds are specifically set for illegal immigrants. The federal court sets these bonds in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

If you are dealing with a loved one's arrest, your first step is to find out how much the bail amount is. If you cannot afford the full bail payment, your next step is to contact an experienced bail bondsman to help you secure your friend or family member's release. To learn more about how the bail bonds process works, contact Andy Callif Bail Bonds today at (614) 945-4334.

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