What is a Bond?

A person arrested for a minor offense (called an arrestee) is generally given a citation at the scene and is released immediately. The citation tells the arrestee when to appear in court. Persons arrested for more serious offenses are put in jail unless they can pay bail.

An arrestee (or his/her family or friends) gives cash or property to the court to guarantee that the arrestee will appear in court. An arrestee has a right to release on bail for most offenses except murder and violent felonies. If the arrestee appears in court, the amount of bail is refunded.


If an arrestee cannot pay the full amount of the bail, he/she can buy a bail bond. A bail bond is a guarantee by a third party (called a surety or bond seller) to pay the arrestee’s bail. A bond is given to the court. If the arrestee fails to show up in court, the court keeps the bond. A bail bond generally costs about 10 percent of the bail amount.

A Bonds case gone wrong, could have severe immigration implications that may lead to deportation and removal proceedings.

Next Steps:

Seeking professional help for Bonds is a very complex process, and it may be easier to understand if you talk to an immigration lawyer in person. At Abdelhadi and Associates, PC, we have been helping people with immigration problems for nearly 20 years.

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