A cash bond is one that is paid in person, in cash and directly to the jail. A cash bond must be paid in full in order to obtain the release of the defendant. Because cash bonds are pain in full and in person, there is no need to hire a bail bondsman. Once the case is closed, the bond funds will be returned to the person who posted it, minus any court costs, fees and restitution. Cash bonds are normally smaller than surety bonds. Large bonds can be paid in cash as well, but this often poses a significant hardship on the person posting it. This is one of the reason's surety bonds have become so popular.