How does Bail/Bonds work?
If you have an outstanding warrant you can either turn yourself
in to the Ferndale Police Department or post a cash bond in the
amount stated on your warrant. If you turn yourself into the Police
Department without the bond money, they will hold you until the
Magistrate holds arraignments for that day.
If you visit the Police Department with the bond money in cash,
they will process you through and give you a receipt for the money
you are posting. The court will send you notice of your court date.
To ensure a prompt court date, please make sure the court has your
correct mailing address.
What are the four types of bonds?
A person, called a defendant, who is arrested for breaking a criminal
law, may be held until bond is set or an arraignment is held by
a judge or magistrate. This usually occurs within 24 hours of the
arrest. A bond is a promise that the defendant will appear in court
The four types of bonds are: a personal recognizance bond,
a cash bond, a ten-percent bond and a surety bond.
When the court sets a personal recognizance bond, the defendant
is released after making a promise to return to court when required.
A cash bond is a money guarantee that the defendant will
return to court when required. When a cash bond is set, the defendant
must pay the full bond amount to the court before being released
Another type of bond is a ten-percent bond. In this bond,
the court will accept payment of ten percent of the total bond as
a guarantee that the defendant will appear as required. If the defendant
does not appear, the court may require payment of the remaining
The last type of bond is a surety bond. A surety bond is
a promise made by someone other than the defendant that the defendant
will appear as required. If you make a promise on behalf of the
defendant, you must prove to the court that you will pay the bond
amount if the defendant does not appear as required. Surety bonds
may be posted by friends, relatives or a bond insurance company.
Money or property that is posted for a bond may not be returned
when the case is over. The court may apply cash and ten percent
bond monies posted by the defendant to any outstanding court fines
Regardless of the type of bond, if the defendant does not return
to court as promised, the court may issue an arrest warrant and
the Court will forfeit the bond money.
2002 43rd District Court | 305 E. Nine Mile | Ferndale, MI 48220
| phone 248-547-8700 | fax 248-584-2599 | email