Common types of Bail Bonds in New Jersey

There are the different types of bonds that can be used to post bail and get released from jail. The type of bail you may be eligible to post will depend on a number of factors, including the offense for which a defendant is being charged, the total bail amount and your current financial situation. In this article, author explains the most commonly used bail bonds in New Jersey.

When you or someone you care about is arrested, it’s important to understand all the different types of bonds available to get you or your loved one out of the jail. There are the different types of bonds that can be used to post bail and get released from jail. The type of bail you may be eligible to post will depend on a number of factors, including the offense for which a defendant is being charged, the total bail amount and your current financial situation.

A senior executive from Apple Bail Bonds1 in New Jersey says about their services, “Apple Bail Bonds agents perform a number of services for their clients, to ensure they can be released from custody after being charged with a criminal offense. When a bail bond agent decides to work with a defendant, he or she will in essence take on the responsibility to ensure the defendant shows up to his or her court appearances. Either through a surety bond, immigration bond, federal bond or property bond, a bail bondsman can help you get out of custody and go home where you can spend time with your family and friends.”(Ref: Apple Bail Bonds,

Below is a description of the most commonly used bail bonds in New Jersey:

Surety Bonds: These are also known as bail bonds. This is the most commonly used type of bail. These are issued by bail agencies on behalf of those who have been arrested.  The bail bond fee is 10-15% of the total bail amount, and this is a non-refundable amount.  When using surety bonds defendant is required to sign a contract with the bond agency, promising that you will appear on your scheduled court date. If the defendant does not appear on the scheduled court date, the bond agency is responsible for the full bail amount. If the defendant skips a court date, the bail agent, and even the family or friends of the defendant, might seek out a bounty hunter. It is especially useful when the accused can’t afford to pay his or her bail.

Cash Bonds: A cash bond is when the accused pays the full bail amount to the court in exchange for being released from jail.  The cash bond is to ensure that the accused returns to court on the appointed date.  If the person appears, the bail amount is returned to them, however, if they choose to ignore the court date they forfeit their bail amount, and it goes to the court.  There is no bail bond agency for cash bond. Cash bonds are typically ordered by the Court for the following reasons: when the Court believes the defendant is a flight risk, when the Court issues a warrant for unpaid fines, and when a defendant has failed to appear for a prior hearing.

Property Bonds: If a person has a bail amount set extremely high, there may be no way for them to come up with the money required to post bail. In these cases, it is possible to use other assets as collateral (such as land, car or home) against the bail bond. This property often has to be twice the value of the imposed bail. Similarly to the cash bond, when the person appears for court their property is returned to them, however, should they choose not to appear they forfeit their property and it is turned over to the court. They will also have a warrant issued for their arrest and will likely be denied any chance for bail in the future.

Immigration Bail Bonds: Immigration bonds affect people charged with crimes that involve foreign nationals. Immigration bonds are extremely complicated and usually involve a great deal of risk on the part of the bondsman, and are generally more expensive and difficult to obtain. This is a federal bond and not a state bond. The defendant deals directly with either the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or the Bureau of Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE). They must obtain immigration bonds, as either delivery bonds or voluntary departure bonds, to secure a non-citizen’s release. Delivery bonds allow defendants to be released with a promise that they will be present at all immigration or criminal proceedings. Voluntary departure bonds, on the other hand, are granted when detainees agree to voluntarily leave the country by a certain date.

Federal Bail Bonds: When a defendant is being charged with any type of federal offense, including interstate crimes and offenses that occur on federal property, co-signers must obtain federal bail bonds in order to obtain their release. These are considered a higher risk bond and most often come at a higher price than standard bonds. So having a good bail bondsman can make a huge difference and save you a lot of money.

In addition to these types of bails, there is Personal Recognizance bail and Release on Citation or Cite Out. Personal Recognizance bail requires the person who is charged with the offense to sign papers with the court. In Release on Citation or Cite Out, an officer will not book a suspect at all but will instead issue a citation saying that the accused must appear in court. These bails are only allowed when the charge involves a relatively minor, nonviolent crime and if the defendant is not considered a danger to anyone else.

Disclaimer: The contents of this page are general in nature. Please use your discretion while following them. The author does not guarantee legal validity of the tips contained herein.

1. Apple Bail Bonds: Apple Bail Bonds in Paterson, New Jersey is committed to helping people who have been charged with crimes get released from custody so they can go about their lives until their court dates. If you need assistance with any type of bail bond throughout Passaic County or the surrounding areas in New Jersey, the bondsmen at Apple Bail Bonds can help. They are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and are always ready to discuss your bail bond with you. You can call them at 800-884-7136 or 862-203-3174 or send mails at For more information, visit


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