What Is A Bond? Are There Different Types?

The Different Types of Bail

Most people aren’t aware there are five different types of bail. While a Bail Bond or Surety Bond is most commonly known, there are other ways of getting out of jail.

Cash Bail:

If the bail amount is small enough, often times the suspect will pay cash for the bail amount in full.

Surety Bond (Bail Bond):

Securing a bail bond and release from jail typically is achieved by paying 10% fee of the total bail amount to the bondsman or bail agent and collecting collateral. The bail agent agrees to pay the full bail amount if the suspect does not appear in court.

Release on Own Personal Recognizance:

The judge will decide the suspect can be released on their own and will be responsible for showing up for court dates and will not have to pay bail.

Property Bond:

This is when the courts allow you to provide property to act as your bond in place of money. In this case, the court will get a lien on your property in the amount of the bail. If the defendant does not show up for their court date, the court can foreclose on the property to recover the forfeited bail amount.

Release on Citation:

Also known as “Cite Out”, in this case the office will not book the suspect, rather they will issue a citation noting that the accused person must appear in court. The reason the officer may take this option is so they don’t need to go through the formal booking process and can instead focus on catching more serious criminals.

If you or someone you know has been booked in jail, contact us to begin the process to secure a bond and release them from jail.

Rod Buntjer Bail Bonds



225 West College, Suite A
Santa Rosa, CA
(707) 569-8281



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