Bonds: Cash vs. Surety vs. PR
There is a variety of different types of bonds and below is a general guide to them in easy to understand language. There are three (main) types of bonds: cash, surety, and personal recognizance (PR) bonds. A cash bond is paid in full. A surety bond is when a bond is secured by a third party and usually about 10% of the bond amount is paid. A personal recognizance bond is essentially an agreement to appear in court by a promise of a certain sum of money or value if there is no appearance. Generally a Judge or Magistrate will set a bond amount for an initial arrest as either "cash" or "surety". An incarcerated person can then either pay the full bond amount (which is returned upon completion of the case and appearances) or contact a bondsman to secure a surety bond. A person is only entitled to a PR bond if the person has been incarcerated and a case has not been filed in the following amount of time: Class B misdemeanor 15 days, Class A misdemeanor 30 days, most felony offenses 90 days. However, there are other situations where a PR bond may be applicable. Always contact a qualified defense attorney to review the circumstances and assist in your defense.