Unless you work in the bail bonds industry, you might not be familiar with the various types of bail bonds that are available for securing bail money. Often times, the type of bail bond chosen will depend on the nature of the charges the accused is facing and the amount of the bail set by the courts. For those facing an untimely arrest, posting bail can present an financial hardship that can be eased by securing an affordable bail bond.

In a previous article, we reviewed three methods the courts use to determine bail, and today we’ll take a look at a few of the most common ways to post bail. If you or a loved one has been arrested, you deserve a compassionate and knowledgeable bondsman in your corner to ensure a timely release from jail. At Future Bail Bonds, our mission is to do just that, reuniting families and loved ones. Contact us today to learn more about our services!

Personal Recognizance

This type of bond requires no actual bail money. Rather, the accused signs an agreement that he or she will adhere to certain conditions of bail, including showing up for appointed court dates. Personal recognizance (PR) bonds are generally only considered for defendants who present minimal threat to the community and pose a low-flight risk.


If a judge sets a cash bail, usually only cash funds are accepted. However, some jurisdictions allow some leniency here and accept cashier’s checks and credit cards. In cases of extremely dangerous charges, sometimes a judge will set a cash bail that is very high in order to make it unlikely that anyone can afford the bail. If the cash bail is paid and the accused attends all court hearings, the bail is exonerated.


When you get the assistance of a bondsman, he or she will offer assistance through means of a surety bond. With this type of bond, the indemnitor pays a premium that is usually 10 percent of the bail amount. The bail agent then secures a surety bond for the remainder of the bail and pays it to the courts. These types of bonds can usually be secured quickly.


When the bail amount is set very high, sometimes the only option is signing over the full rights of valuable property in order to secure a bond. While these types of bonds are not allowed in all states, there are instances when they are accepted in California. However, they are not quick to obtain and may take weeks to process. Additionally, if the defendant skips on bail, the indemnitor loses the rights to the property that was put up for collateral.

At Future Bail Bonds, we specialize in providing compassionate bail bond services that are specially tailored to your unique situation. If you’re in the San Bernardino area and uncertain what type of bond will best meet your needs, we’d love to help you. Contact our friendly staff today at 909-900-5700 to get started. We look forward to helping you!

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