There are times where you find yourself in the situation of being wrongly accused, and as we live in a world full of humans, this is bound to happen even in cases where you have been arrested and charges are being filed against you. It is in your best interest to retain the services of an experienced and professional Bail Bondsman, who not only has unlimited resources at their fingertips, but equally able to both communicate and navigate your specific case with excellence and in a timely manner. Having their experience and tools to back you up will become your primary key to obtaining confidence in this process. Typically, there are only two scenarios where the bail money will be returned:
• you were acquitted
• all charges were dropped
If you were found guilty, the money would be applied to your court fees, in which case you may not get all of your money back. Due to the nature of each individual facing circumstances unique unto them, it will be in your best interest to please be sure to contact Gage Gandy for detailed information regarding your specific circumstances. In this article, we will unpack the process of what it looks like to possibly gain your investment into your bail from your bondsman.
What if I appeared before the court and paid cash for the bond?
If the defendant did not skip out on bail but successfully and faithfully appeared before the court for their hearings, in addition to paying cash for any bail bond set by the court, then it is possible to gain your financial investment back once you have been found and proven not guilty. This process can be complex, and often times you will not be told how to go about regaining your investment, even once your case has been closed.
Is it automatic when the Judge orders an Exoneration of the bail?
While the judgement is given an automatic finding, that does not guarantee an immediate or automatic refunding of your finances. If there was a judgment of conviction, the government will retain three percent of your bail amount, along with the percentage fee agreed to between you and your Bondsman. The agreed to amount from the Bondsman will be determined by the following factors:
• seriousness of your offense
• your criminal records
It is important to note here, that should you be found guilty or not, your Bondman will not refund your fee to them. If you paid directly to the court, you will receive a full refund, however when a Bail Bondsman is involved, the refund will simply be reduced on occasion.
Do I need to do anything to get my refund back?
One of the most important things you can do to gain your finances back is to keep a very close watch on the dates of your court case. By marking the exact date the case was closed or ended, you will be able to track when you will get your money back. Generally, the City Finance Department will issue a refund of the bail amount once they have received proper documentation. This usually falls within the time frame of within two weeks of receipt of the court order. The refund will come in the form of a check by way of the United States Postal Service, and usually takes about 4 to 6 weeks for its arrival. However, if you have not received it within this expressed time frame, it would be appropriate to contact the court with your records and to inquire with them.
It is very important to make sure that you show up in court when it has been set by the judge. Not showing up will ensure that you will not receive a refund. If you paid your bond with property, then upon a judgment of acquittal, you will be paid the cash amount of the property’s worth in the form of a check as outlined above. As a reminder, your greatest asset in being processed and arriving to the best possible scenario is to retain the services of an experienced and professional Bail Bondsman as they will be on your side to help you not only post bail but equally understand your rights within your specific process. At Gage Gandy, we are here to make this process as simple and fair as possible.