This type of bail bond comes in second to citation release in terms of its ease for you. No money is needed, just a promise on your part that you will appear before a judge on the given date. Once you sign the paperwork, you will then be released from custody. Although no money is charged for release, there is a fine for not appearing in court. Recognizance release is something that can be given based on the discretion of the arresting officers. However, you may need to fight for it in court. The benefit to fighting for recognizance release would be not paying bail; however, your lawyer fees could mean that paying your bail—especially with a surety or property bond—would be cheaper.