An Explanation of the 7 Types of Bail Bonds

When it comes to bail, not all bonds and types are created equal. There are seven different types of bail bonds available to defendants in this state. The seven different types of bail are:

  • Surety Bonds
  • Property Bonds
  • Citation Release
  • Recognizance Release
  • Cash Bail
  • Federal Bail Bonds
  • Immigration Bail Bonds

Each one is different and has varied requirements that must be met by the defendant in question. Let’s break those requirements down.

Surety Bonds

Surety bonds

A surety bond is your most standard form of bail bond. A surety bond is almost always given through a bail bonds company (like us here at The Bail Bonds Doctor), and will cost the defendant 10% of the total bail amount*.

*The bail amount is always set by a judge who uses the circumstances of the criminal act to determine the amount to charge.

The reason that many defendants select surety bonds as their preferred bail bond type is that, most often, bail is set at a dollar value that exceeds the average person’s budget. Since most cannot afford the cost of bail on their own, they turn to a bail bonds company and purchase a surety bond and then pay said company back over time.

The process of acquiring a surety bond from us here at The Bail Bonds Doctor is usually as follows:

  • You get arrested
  • A judge sets your bail amount during a hearing regarding your crime
  • Next, you contact The Bail Bonds Doctor
  • The Bail Bonds Doctor will inform you of your financial obligations
  • The Bail Bonds Doctor pays your bail, in full, after you provide us with collateral or our 10% fee (or both)
  • Then you’re free to go about your business. But make sure you meet all your court dates and appointments. Otherwise, you “skipped bail,” and a warrant will be placed for your arrest.

Property Bonds

Property bonds

A property bond* is exactly what it sounds like: a bond in which property is used as collateral.

*Property bonds are not legal or accepted in every single state in the United States of America.

To set up a property bond, the full rights of any property must be used (no partials). The most commonly accepted type of property bond uses real estate as collateral, but it is also not the only acceptable type of property for these types of bonds.

Besides the noticeable differences from surety bonds (using a property instead of cash), the most significant difference is the time it takes for a property bond to be secured. It can take weeks for all the inspections and paperwork to go through.

Citation Release

Citation release bail bonds

A citation release occurs when the defendant in question was given a citation (usually for traffic offenses) and was never taken into custody. This type of discharge is up to the discretion of the citing officer (you cannot apply or appeal for a citation release bond on your own).

Recognizance Release

A recognizance release (or released on your own recognizance) is probably the second most agreeable type of bond (as far as the role of the defendant is concerned). With a recognizance release, the defendant does not have to pay a dime upfront to be released.

Like citation releases, recognizance releases are up to the discretion of the arresting officer. The primary difference (other than the criminal offense that warranted the arrest) between recognizance and citation release is that the defendant may have to fight for freedom in a court of law.

Cash Bail

Cash bail

This is probably the most accessible type of bail to explain. Cash bail is precisely what it sounds like: a bail bond paid in full with cash. If you (the defendant) have the extra scratch, then this is, by far, the best option available to you. The reason is that once you appear for all your court dates and appointments and your trial has ended; you will be returned the entire cost of the bond. With cash bail, you don’t lose any money (long term)!

Federal Bail Bonds

Federal bail Bonds

These are pretty self-explanatory. Federal bail bonds are just that: bail bonds for federal offenses. These are often very expensive and difficult to obtain. If you need help with a federal bail bond, then please do not hesitate to contact the bail professionals here at The Bail Bonds Doctor!

Immigration Bail Bonds


Another distinct type of bond is an immigration bail bond. Immigration bail bonds only exist for offenses committed by individuals that are not from the United States (AKA: immigrants).

Immigration bail bonds have very, very strict requirements. They are very complicated and often take a long period to complete. Never attempt to handle immigration bail bonds on your own. Always hire a professional bail bonds company like us here at The Bail Bonds Doctor.

Call The Bail Bonds Doctor if You Still Need Help

The bail bonds professionals here at The Bail Bonds Doctor are always standing by to help you with any your bail bonds needs. From immigration bonds to surety bonds, we have you covered! So, if you need bail help, contact us right away at (612) 332-3030!