Do you get bail money back from bail bondsman?
Bailing out a friend or loved one is an expensive task. Many people are confused as to whether they would get the bail money back. This article will give you a better idea about when you should expect to get your bail bond money back.
You have to pay a bail premium when enlisting the services of a bail bondsman to write a surety bond on behalf of your friend or loved one. It's much cheaper than most of the other types of bail bonds because the bail premium is just a percentage of the total bail amount. The premium is non-refundable and serves as a fee for the services offered by the bail bond agent. It's important for the defendant to show up to all required court appearances.
Cash bail is when you pay the full bail amount to the court. The bail money is returned in full when the defendant makes all required court appearances. In case your loved one or friend doesn't show up for court hearings, the bail money is forfeited and you will not see it again. On the other hand, if the defendant is arrested while out on bail, the bail money won't be returned to you. It will be forfeited by the courts.
If your loved one or friend is found not guilty, the bail bond will be released. In case the defendant pleads guilty, the bail bond will be released at the time of sentencing.
A property bond is where you offer the actual value of your property to the court in exchange for the release of your friend or loved one. Property bonds and quite similar to cash bonds. The court will forfeit the money if the defendant doesn't show up for court hearings.
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