If someone has been arrested and a bond must be posted for the arrested person to be allowed to go home until it is time to appear in Court, find out what type of bond must be posted and how much money must be paid.
Types of Bonds
Posted by a professional bonding company which guarantees the defendant’s appearance in Court (See Bonding Agents.)
The full amount of the bond set by the Court must be paid. When the case is completed, the entire amount will be refunded.
Misdemeanors: The amount required to post a 10% bond is 10% of the amount of the bond plus a surcharge of $25. (Example: If the bond amount is set at $5,000, the amount you are required to pay is $525.) When the case is completed, the Court keeps 10% of the amount posted, the surcharge of $25, and refunds the rest to the person who posted bond. (So, of the $525 bond, the Court keeps $75 and $450 is refunded.)
Felonies: The process explained above is the same for felonies, except the surcharge for felonies is $85.
Things You Must Know
If you post a bond for someone who has been arrested and you want to make sure you (and you only) can get the money back, make sure you are named on the receipt as the person who posted bond.
If you are not named and the receipt is written in the name of the arrested person, the arrested person will be able to use the money toward his fine and costs if there is a finding of guilty, and the balance will be refunded to the arrested person.
Your money will not be refunded until the case is completely finished. This may take several months.