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Will I Ever Get The Bail Amount Back After My Case Is Over?


If you pay your bail through a bonding company, you will not get that money back. However, if you pay the full amount in cash to the court directly, then at the conclusion of the case you are entitled to have your bail money back.

Who Can Actually Post Bail?

Bail can be posted by a bonding company or a private person. If it’s a bonding company, then it will be allowed to be a portion of the total bail amount. If it’s a private person, it will be the entire amount that’s due.

Are You Able To Help Your Clients Get Out On Bail Right Away Or Do You Have To See A Judge First?

It is possible to have bail set without seeing a judge. Frequently, that is a higher bail than you would have if you had waited to see the judge.

Can A Bond Or Bail Be Used For Fines or Court Costs?

If you pay the full bail amount in cash, then when your case is over that amount can be redirected into fines and court costs. If you pay your bail through a bonding company, you cannot use that money to pay your fines and court costs.

If Someone Mistakenly Misses A Court Date Is That Ever An Excusable Offense Or Allowable?

You should reach out to your attorney immediately once that you realize that you are not going to make it to court or if you’ve missed a court date, so that your attorney can be in contact with the judge and the prosecutor to try to prevent your bail from being forfeited. Occasionally, if you reach out to your attorney before you miss court, they can perhaps reschedule for you without a warrant being issued for your arrest.

If I Am Arrested And Released From Jail Without Being Charged, Is There Any Sort Of Bail Involved?

If you are released without being charged, then you are free to go. They cannot require you to pay bail. However, you should be aware that just because you are released from jail without being charged does not mean that you won’t be charged in the future. The state still has whatever amount of time they have under the statute of limitations to charge you with a crime. You may have to come back to court and re-address bail, bond, or conditions of release.

If I Am Charged With Two Different Charges, Will I Have Bond Or Bail Set For Each Or Will There Be One Bond Or Bail?

Whether there are one or two bail amounts is going to depend on several factors. If the charges are both part of the same case, then it’s just one bail amount. If there are two separate cases, you could have two separate bail amounts imposed. If you face charges in two separate counties, you are definitely going to have two separate bail amounts.

For more information on Recovering The Bail After The Case Is Over, a free initial consultation is your next best step. Get the information and legal answers you are seeking by calling (651) 314-9620 today.

Jennifer Congdon, Esq.

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