A cash only “bail” means it can’t be bonded. In other words, the Judge has required you to pay the full amount of the bail directly to the court rather than paying only a fraction of that to a bondsman.
Let’s say the judge sets your bail at $1,000 bond-able. In theory, you can run to a bail bondsman and only pay around 10% of that (which is $100) and the bondsman will sign a contract with the jail saying they will make sure the defendant appears or they will pay the remaining balance. This works most of the time.
What doescash-only bail mean?
Now let’s say the judge sets your bail at $1,000 Cash Only. It means the judge does not want you going to a bail bondsman. And doesn’t want the bondsman to sign a contract for this one. They want you to pay the total amount up-front to the court. Usually, this is an effort to make it more difficult for someone to be bailed out.