Types of Bail Bonds

Not all bail bonds are the same. Sometimes, the situation calls for specific types of bail bonds. Several factors go into determining which bonds are applicable to your case, such as the alleged crime or crimes, the accused individual's prior criminal offenses, and the jurisdiction where he or she was arrested.

Bail bonds vary in use; some types of bail bonds are only used in rare cases, while others are more frequently posted. These are the most common bonds:

Unsecured Bond:
As its name implies, unsecured bail bonds are not secured by a deposit or lien on property. No money is required upfront. Instead, the defendant signs an agreement stating that he or she will pay the court the bail bond amount if he or she does not appear on the designating court date.

Cash Bond:
In this case, the bail is paid for in full with cash (or by check, credit card, or money order depending on jurisdiction). As long as the defendant appears for his or her court date, this bail money is returned at the end of the case.

Property Bond:
Property bonds, or "secured bonds," require a pledge of property to the court on behalf of the defendant. This collateral lien is held until the end of the case and returned as long as the defendant shows up for his or her court date. Most judges will demand that the equity of the property be at least double the amount of the bond.

Surety Bond:
Surety bonds are the primary service we offer at WAVEs. Bail agents at WAVEs post bail on behalf of the defendant in exchange for a fee equal to 10% of the full bail amount. Since our bail agents are held liable if the defendant does not appear for the designated court date, WAVEs may require a form of collateral from the defendant or co-signer.

Federal Bond:
If the defendant is charged with committing a federal crime, the defendant may require a federal bond in order to be released. Federal bonds work similarly to surety bonds, but they are more expensive (usually 15% of the full bail amount) and are backed by insurance companies.

Immigration Bond:
Immigration bonds are federal bonds that are used to release those detained by the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Immigration bonds can have the highest bail bond fee percentage – anywhere from 15% to 20% – based on the risk level and other factors involved.


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