When the person you posted the bond for appears on the scheduled court date, you receive your bail money back. Nearly all of your bail money is returned to you if you paid the court the required amount. The money you handed the bondsman—if you paid the bail bonds firm a percentage of the total sum—is their fee for posting the full amount of bail on your behalf and is non-refundable.
What Does Bail Accomplish?
A bail arrangement is a deal made between you and the court. A bail bond is not a fine; instead, it is cash handed to the court as assurance that you will appear for your trial at the scheduled court date if you are released from custody.
The bail money will be lost if you don’t show up for the court proceedings. Whether guilty or not, you must appear in court on all scheduled occasions.
Difference Between Bail & Bond
You must understand the distinction between bail and a bond to determine if you will receive your bail money back.
- Bail is the money you must pay to the court to get out of jail. You, your family, or friends can cover the cost.
- A bond is a sum of money a bonding business posts to free you from custody.
So, when you talk about a bail bond, you’re talking about a business that will use a bond to pay for your bail. They are known as bail bondsmen for this reason.
Will the Bail Money Be Refunded?
If you paid your bail directly to the court, you would receive 100% of your money back (less a few dollars in court costs). If you had to use a bondsman, you paid the bondsman a commission fee, which is not refundable, for fronting the money on your behalf.
Cash Bail: What Is It?
The bond money would be refunded once the defendant showed up for their trial if you paid the complete sum straight to the court. If the defendant fails to appear in court as necessary, that money will be forfeited.
How Does Surety Bail Work?
You’ll get the surety bond when you employ a bail bond agent. It is a more affordable choice, and the bail premium you must pay is only a tiny portion of the entire bail sum. It is commonly known as a bond or a bail bond. There is no return for the bail bond premium.
What Is A Property Bond?
When a property bond is used, the court will accept a piece of property in exchange for releasing you.