What are the types of bonds available?

What are the types of bonds available?

If an officer places you under arrest and processes you into the county jail, you will have to go before a judge to get bail which will allow you to get out of jail until your next court date. According to the Michigan Courts, there are four types of bonds you may use depending on what the court sets as your bail conditions. 

There is often confusion with the terms bail and bond. To understand the types of bonds, it is important that you know what each term means. To clear up the definitions, bail is what the judge sets as a condition for you to get out of jail. Bond is what you provide to bail out of jail. 

Cash bond 

A cash bond is where the court gives you an amount of money you must pay to get out of jail. You must pay the full amount set by the court. 

Ten percent bond 

This type of bond is where the judge gives you a bail amount but will accept just ten percent of the total for your release. The remaining 90 percent goes unpaid unless you fail to meet the conditions of your bail. 

Personal recognizance 

A personal recognizance bond is where you give your word to the judge that you will meet the conditions of your bail. You do not have to pay any money, and the judge does not set a bail amount. 


A surety bond is where you use a bail bond company to help you get out of jail. The bond company will put up the money for you. You will need to secure this loan from the company with some type of collateral. This is probably the best-known type of bond. 

If you want more information on what bonds or other options are available, seeking out someone with experience in Michigan criminal defense can help answer whatever questions you may have

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