Are There Different Types of Bail Bonds?

Watching a friend or loved one get arrested and booked with a crime is an arduous and painful process that can be challenging to navigate. Posting bail releases the defendant back into the public until his or her court date. However, there are different types of bails for every kind of charge, and it’s important to understand the ramifications of the case at hand.

Depending on the defendant’s financial situation and charge, they might pay either a cash bond, surety bond, property bond, federal bond, or immigration bond. Here’s a rundown of the different kind of bonds:

Cash bond. If the judge considers the defendant to be a flight risk, they might have to post the full amount of their bail in cash, rather than property or a promissory note. If the defendant neglects their court hearings, then they forfeit the bail and will be arrested. However, if they attend all of their scheduled court dates then the cash bond will be returned to them upon sentencing.

Surety bond. Otherwise known as a bail bond, this bond is implemented when the defendant can’t afford to pay the bond set by the judge. A bond agent and the defendant will agree to pay the full amount if the defendant doesn’t show up at their court dates. The bond agent will charge the defendant a premium, and in some cases, they will take personal items as collateral. If the defendant doesn’t appear in court, or the agent never receives his or her fees, a bounty hunter may be sent to track down the accused.

Property bond. A judge can issue a property bond to ensure the defendant pays their bail. In these instances, the state will take possession of major personal property, such as a car, house, or other forms of property. The court then places a lien on the property, which gives them the right to repossess or foreclose on the real estate or property if the defendant fails to show up in court

Federal bond. In the case of an alleged federal crime, the defendant will be served a federal bond. Unlike a state bond, a federal bond is issued by a federal judge, and depending on the circumstances may be required to be paid in cash or with a property lien.

Immigration bond. If Immigrations and Customs Enforcement arrests a friend or loved one for issues pertaining to their visa or legal status, the judge will set a bail amount. This bond is called an immigration bond, and the immigrant’s friends or relatives will need to pay the bond in order for them to be released from the detention center and given a court date.


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