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How to get your bail bond money back

Updated March 23, 2017

If you've recently posted bail for someone, you're probably wondering when you'll be getting your money back. When you originally posted bail, you were given two options for payment: you could either pay the fee directly to the court or use the services of a bail bondsman. When and how you will get your money back is dependent upon which option you selected. So before you get your hopes up, there are a few facts you should know about getting your bail bond money back.

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  1. Find out the status of the defendant's case. In order to receive a refund for your bail bond money, the person must be acquitted or the charges must be dropped. If found guilty, the bail money will be applied to his court fees, which means you would not get your money back.

  2. Review your bail payment to see if you paid the court directly or used a bail bondsman. If you paid the court directly, you will receive a full refund for the amount you paid. If, however, you used a bail bondsman, you most likely only had to pay 10 to 20 per cent of the total bail amount; this percentage is the bondsman's fee and is not refundable, so you will not receive a refund.

  3. Check with the court to find out the exact date the case ended. Once you have this information, you can determine when you will get your money back.

  4. Let the court know if your contact information has changed since you posted bail. Your refund will be sent by mail, so it's important that the court have your correct address on file.

  5. Wait two to six weeks for the court to issue you a refund check. If you have not received your refund within this time, contact the court to see if there is a problem.

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