Washington state attorney Bradley Johnson states that a cash bond, also known as a cash-only bond, is a bond in which the inmate is released from jail only when that inmate can pay the full amount of the bond in cash. In this case, a surety bond is not accepted.
The attorney explains that a cash bond is often imposed if there are unpaid fines or restitution in a case. However, there are many other scenarios where a cash bond may be imposed. A bondsman does not assist with cash-only bonds but insures surety bonds for a fee, which is a percentage of the bond amount.