7 Types of Bail Bonds

1 - Cash Bail

Cash bail involves a cash payment allowing an individual in jail to be released. Some jurisdictions may also accept cashier’s checks or credit cards, but cash is generally preferred. This method requires the individual or their supporters to have a significant amount of money readily available, which can be challenging for many. In cases where the necessary funds are not available, the services of a bail bondsman might be sought.

2 - Surety Bond

A surety bond is an alternative for those unable to afford cash bail. This involves paying a bail bondsman 10%-20% of the total bail amount, along with a commitment to attend all court dates. The bail bondsman then covers the remaining bail amount. Bail bonds agencies often offer flexible payment plans to accommodate different financial situations.

3 - Property Bond

Property bonds, where the full rights to one’s property are used as collateral, are not accepted in all states but can be an option in places like Colorado. Typically involving real estate, this option requires a valuation of the property and a court hearing, which can extend the process to several weeks, in contrast to the quicker release times associated with cash or surety bonds.

4 - Immigration Bail Bond

Specifically for undocumented immigrants, these bonds have unique requirements based on the individual’s legal status. Securing an immigration bail bond can be complex and may necessitate the expertise of both a specialized bail bondsman and a lawyer.

5 - Federal Bail Bonds

For federal offenses, a federal bail bond is needed. These can be secured using cash or property without the need for a bail bondsman. The process is handled directly through the court system, similar to property bonds.

6 - Citation Release

This option involves no financial transaction with the court system. It is issued directly by the arresting officer for minor offenses, allowing the individual to be released with a citation that mandates court appearance on a specified date. The decision to issue a citation release is at the discretion of the officer.

7 - Personal Recognizance

Similar to a citation release, this involves being released from custody upon agreeing to appear in court, without any upfront costs. However, there may be fines for failing to appear. The issuance of a recognizance release is also at the discretion of the arresting officer, and while it can be contested in court, the legal fees might outweigh the costs of a surety bond.


For assistance navigating the bail bonds process, agencies such as Affordable Bail Bonds offer expertise and services to help secure release in a variety of situations. With a long history in the business, we provide a range of options to meet individual needs, so do not hesitate to give us a call today.