Did you know there are multiple types of bail? Most people are familiar with the common cash bail bond, but there are actually several different bail situations you could come across. We think it is important for our clients to have a thorough understanding of the bail process, as it can really help the entire process go more smoothly. Today we will go over the different kinds of bail bonds.
Released by Citation
Citation release is often common with speeding tickets. A citation release is when the officer doesn’t arrest you, but instead gives you a citation with a court date you must attend. Failure to attend the court date will result in a warrant for your arrest, however.
Surety bonds are incredibly common. Through the assistance of a bail bondsman, you can pay 10% to 15% of your bail amount, and a bail bondsman will pay the rest to assure your release until your court date. However, if you fail to arrive at your court date, you will be held responsible for the whole bail amount.
While these are rare, a recognizance release allows you to be released without a cash payment. However, you are still required to show up for your court date, or a warrant will be released for your arrest, and you will be required to pay a large fine. You are more likely to become eligible for a recognizance release if you have never been arrested previously, and you do not have a criminal record.