Post a Bond in a Criminal Case

What is a bond?

A bond is a court ordered dollar amount a party must post to release a defendant in a criminal case. The purpose of release conditions and holding someone on a bond is to guarantee the defendant's appearance at all future court appearances. 

The following types of bonds may be posted with the Clerk of Superior Court.

Cash Bond

This involves the posting of money with the Office of the Clerk of Superior Court to secure the release of a defendant.  Neither the Court nor the Jail will accept anything but the full amount of cash for bail. The court requires the total amount of the bond to be posted and the money remains with the Clerk’s Office until the case is complete or further order of the Court.

Posting the bond at the Clerk's office (971 N Jason Lopez Circle, Building A)

  • You must bring the full amount in cash.
  • You must bring a State issued ID.
  • You should arrive no later than 2:00 p.m. to ensure ample processing time.

Posting the bond at the Jail (971 N. Jason Lopez Circle, Building B)

  • Enter the Jail's lobby and use the Touch Pay Kiosk.
  • Contact TouchPay by telephone at 866-232-1899 or access TouchPay's website.
  • After paying your deposit, please go to the Jail's admission window and confirm that the bail was paid.

Secured Real Property Bond

This involves the posting of a deed to real property (land) with the Clerk’s Office, to secure the release of a defendant in a criminal case. The court requires the total value (equity) of the property to equal or exceed the amount of the bond.  

When using real property as secured bond, the Clerk’s Office will issue and record a lien against the property with the County Recorder. The lien will not be released until the case is over, or as ordered by a Judge.  

If the property is NOT located in Pinal County, the assigned prosecutor on the case must agree to accept “out-of-county" property PRIOR to the posting of the bond paperwork. It is the defense attorney’s responsibility to obtain this agreement and to advise the Court. 

All persons listed as owners on the deed to the property must appear in person at the office of the Clerk of the Superior Court with the following:  

  1. The original or certified copy of the deed to the property.
  2. Photo identification of all person(s) listed as owner(s) of the property on the deed.
  3. A current computer print-out from the County Assessor’s Office indicating the assessed value of the property or the most current tax statement from the County Treasurer’s Office.
  4.  If the property is not paid in full, a document from the mortgage holder showing the current amount of equity (the amount paid) into the property.
  5. A current Title Report (within 2 days) from a title company showing there are NO LIENS OR JUDGMENTS on the property.

Please note this page is for informational purposes only. The reviewing Judge has the final approval on what documents will be accepted. 

Surety Bond

This involves a bail bondsman posting a surety bond on your behalf. A surety bond is a loan you receive from a bondsman to post bail.  A bail bondsman, bail bond agent or bond dealer is any person, that will act as a surety and pledge money or property as bail for the appearance of a defendant in court.    

Bail Bond companies require at least 10% of the total amount of the bond to be posted with them before the bond will be written and the 10% is a non-refundable premium. In exchange for the 10% the bail bondsman posts the full amount of your bail.

The approval process is lengthy, and it is recommended that you arrive at the Courthouse no later than 2:00 p.m. to avoid having to return the next business day.