Out of all the types of bail bonds, this is the best one to get, because it means you never really get taken into custody. A citation release is given when the arresting officer does not take the suspect to the station; instead, he or she issues a citation that orders the suspect to appear before a judge on a given date. Citation releases are usually given for minor crimes, including traffic violations. A citation release is not something you apply for or fight for; instead, it is up to the discretion of the arresting officer. Should the officer decide to take you into custody, you will need to try for another type of bail bond.