When you bail yourself or a loved one out of jail, you’re putting a lot of money on the line. You won’t always have that money returned to you, though. For instance, if the defendant does not appear in court on all of the required dates, then the bail money is forfeit.
Now, let’s go into a little more detail on the types of bails and how receiving money back works.
When hiring a bail bond agent, you’ll likely receive a surety bond. A surety bond will be cheaper, as you only pay a bail premium, which is a total percentage of the bail. The bail bond premium is non-refundable, however. But the rest of the money, as long as you adhere to all regulations and requirements, will be returned to the bail bondsmen the case is over.
If you paid cash to the court, meaning you paid the entire amount, the money will be returned to you once you make all required court appearances. If the defendant does not appear in court, the money is forfeit. The court will keep the cash bail money, with no refund given to anyone.
Lastly, we have a property bond. With a property bond, you put up a piece of property – a vehicle or home – to the court in exchange for a quick jail release. A property bond is similar to cash bail, in which the court can seize the full amount – in this case, the property – if the defendant does not appear in court.
So, it all boils down to the defendant appearing in court on their required days.