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Bonding Information

About Bonding

The bonding process may enable inmates to be released from custody while waiting for their court date. The types of bonds are listed below.

  • Cash Bond
  • The full amount of the bond is paid in cash directly to the court or to a bonding agency. The bond will be returned, minus any fines or costs imposed,after the case is complete. The Socorro County Detention Center does not accept cash, bonds must be paid by money order or cashiers check.

  • Surety Bond
  • Professional Bondsman - A licensed bondsman posts the bond and charges a fee based on a percentages of the inmate's total bond. Detention staff is not allowed to recommend a bondsman or bonding company. Either the detainee or the detainee's family/friends must initiate contact with a bondsman. Surety bonds can be posted at Socorro County Detention Center with approval by Arraigning Magistrate/Municipal judge.

  • Property Bond
  • If the inmate, a relative or a friend has sufficient equity in a home, building, or real estate, he or she may be allowed to use the property as collateral for a property bond. A property bond must be posted through the court.

  • Personal Recognizance Bond
  • Promise to appear in court when ordered and the inmate's agreement to abide by any special conditions that may be a condition of the bond. The judge may also require that the bond be co-signed by a second person to further insure the inmate's appearance in court.

Prior to the first court appearance after arrest, the only bonds normally available are cash and surety bonds. A judge must authorize any other type of bond.

Cash Bonds may be paid at the court of record. Currency will not be accepted at the detention center. Cashier's check or money orders should be made payable to the appropriate court.