To be released from jail until a case goes to court, you must pay the full cash bail to the court.

Common Types of Bonds To Secure a Defendant’s Release From Jail

There are a few bail types for getting release from jail. The most common type of bond to get you released from jail in Florida is a surety bond, which is also known as a bail bond. The other 3 types of bail bonds used to secure a defendant’s release are cash bond, supervised own recognizance (SOR) and release on own recognizance (ROR).

Bail payments must typically be made in cash or with some other form of accepted payment, such as credit or debit card, money order, certified or cashier’s check. If you can not afford the full cash bond or do not qualify for SOR or ROR, the bail payment can be provided on a defendant’s behalf by a bail bond agent.

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How is a Bail Bond Calculated?

  • The fee a bail bondsman charges is 10% of the bond amount, which is called the premium.
  • The minimum fee per charge is $100.00.
  • There is only one charge per bond and never consolidated.

Note: In the case of federal bonds, however, premium increases to 15%.

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4 Main Types of Bail Bonds

Posting bail using one of these bond types can get a person released from jail in Florida.

Surety Bonds

A surety bond also known as a bail bond is provided by a licensed agent who will post the bail amount for a 10% fee. Judges require surety bail bonds to ensure defendants attend all hearings and complete court-appointed tasks.

Supervised on Own Recognizance (SOR)

SOR is granted in Florida which allows defendants to be released from jail as long as they agree to show up for their scheduled court date and not engage in any illegal activity. The accused is required to report in person or by calling in to the courts once a week in order to remain in compliance with the SOR.

Cash Bonds

Bail can always be paid in cash, however depending on the crime committed or previous criminal history that may result in a mandatory requirement that bail can only be paid in cash to release a person from jail. The cash payment is made to the clerk of courts and held until the case or cases are resolved.

Release on Own Recognizance (ROR)

A judge typically grants ROR for first time offenders who are accused of nonviolent crimes. They are released on their own accord and no bail money is needed.