WHAT ARE THE VARIOUS BAIL BOND "SOLUTIONS"?
Once an individual [who proclaims innocence] has been charged with a
criminal offense and ordered to stand trial on those charges, there
are four "pre-verdict" solutions available to facilitate the
accused release. Once the appropriate solution has been implemented,
the defendant's freedom will be restored until and unless a guilty verdict
in the case is declared.
These four primary
bond solutions include [A] Cash Only Bond, [B] Secured Bond, [C] Unsecured
Bond, and [D] Signature Bond or Release on One's Own Recognizance
[aka "ROR Bond"].
differences between these four basic bond variations are  the amount
or  the type or structure of financing required to secure the defendant's
freedom, as highlighted below:
Cash Only: The defendant, a co-signer, and/or a bondsman must
pay a designated amount of money directly to the Court. The defendant
and/or a co-signer, where applicable, must also sign a bond order
guaranteeing the appearance of the defendant at all further Court
Secured: The defendant must pay a designated amount of money
or provide the Court or the bonding agent with security, such as title
to property, stock certificates, etc., with a value equivalent to
the prescribed bond amount. In addition, the defendant, and/or the
co-signer, or the bonding agent, as applicable, must then sign a bond
order guaranteeing the defendant's appearance for all further Court
Unsecured: Defendants sign a bond, quite often with bonding
agents, guaranteeing their appearance at all further Court hearings,
subject to the understanding that if the accused don't appear, they
will be responsible for paying the Court a designated amount of money.
In certain instances, a hearing officer may require a responsible
third party, such as a defendant's relative; sign the bond on behalf
of the accused.
Signature Bond or Release on the Defendants' Own Recognizance ["ROR"]:
The defendants sign bond orders personally guaranteeing their appearances
at all proceedings. Signature Bonds are typically issued in lower
risk situations, where
 The defendant's established reputation and stature in the community
strongly suggest reliability,
 The charges are relatively unsubstantiated, especially in light
of the defendant's ability to mount an aggressive defense,
 Even the consequences of a conviction can't justify the destructive
impact certain to result from fugitive flight to avoid prosecution.
BAIL REFUNDABLE AFTER THE CASE IS FINISHED?
The percentage of the total bond amount that you pay to the bail bond
agency, technically referred to as the premium, represents the fee
the bondsman charges to pay or pledge the full bond amount to the
court. Like a premium payment on any insurance policy, the premium
on a surety bond is non-refundable. This fee is what allowed
the defendant to get out of jail and is fully earned once the defendant
is released from custody.