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Personal Bond Definition

A Personal Bond allows a person to be released from jail with only a promise to pay money if they violate a term of their bond or fail to show up in court. They do not have to pay any money to the jail or court. This bond is frequently referred to as a personal recognizance bond. If the defendant fails to appear in court or violates a condition of their bond, the presiding judge might order them to pay the full amount of the bond to the court. Other types of bonds include 10%, surety, and cash bonds. The best way for a defendant to ensure they get a personal or low bond is to appear at arraignment with a skilled, experienced defense attorney.

A defendant must be released on personal bond if they’ve been in custody for greater than six (6) months on a felony charge or 28 days on a misdemeanor, so long as the delays were not attributable or the fault of the defense.

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