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What are the Different Types of Bail Bonds?

Most may think that there are only two types of bonds. The ones where you are able to use cash to pay your own bail, or a bond arranged by a bail bondsman to negotiate your release. While these may, in fact, be the most popular types of bonds, there are actually several other types.


Surety Bond

The surety bond is the most common bond in which one pays 10% of the bail cost and a bail bondsman assures the court that the defendant will show up to court dates.

Cash Bond

The cash bond is just how it sounds. It allows the defendant to pay cash to front their own bail. While a few facilities may accept debit or credit cards, the majority will accept cash only.

Federal Bond

If you’re being jailed for a federal crime, the only type of bond that can get you released is a federal bond. Federal bonds require cash and/or property and are negotiated directly with the courts as opposed to a bail bondsman.

Citation Release

A citation release happens when you are not actually arrested. This tends to happen for minor offenses such as traffic offenses. With a citation release, you will not be taken in custody but will be summoned to court in which a fine or penalty will be assessed.

Property Bond

A property bond is a bond that uses the property you own as collateral for release. These bonds are not allowed in all states and typically require an assessment of the property which means up to several weeks of waiting even if the courts decide to accept this type of bond.


Though there are a variety of choices, we at Bail Bonds Mobile AL are here to help with your surety bond needs!


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