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A bond is the amount of money set by a judge for releasing a defendant from jail before his/her trial. There are three types of bonds: cash, surety, and personal.
A Personal Bond is a sworn agreement by the defendant that he/she will return to court as ordered and will comply with the conditions placed on his/her release. The full amount of the bond is not required at the time of release, but the defendant is required to pay an administrative fee of 3% of the bond.