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How Do You Get Bail Money Back?

 Spending time in jail is not a pleasant experience. Usually, people post bail for their loved ones. The challenge is how to get the bail money back after the case is determined. There are a few things you can do to make the process easier. The following are highlights on how to claim your money back. The bail conditions must be met to qualify for a refund. Remember the defendant must appear in court as per the judge’s instructions without fail. At the end of the case, you will qualify for a refund of the bail money. The state may deduct around three percent of the bail amount at the end of the case.

  • Updates on case status
  • review the options
  • get refund

Case status

 You cannot claim the bail amount until the defendant is acquitted. You should check on the case status before you begin the process of claiming the refund. After the acquittal of the defendant, you can claim back the bail amount. In case of conviction, sadly, you lose the bail amount to the state as court fees. You should also be in contact with the defendant and ensure that they attend all court hearings to avoid risking forfeiture.

Review the available options

 Some cases may drag for a long time and before you claim the bail amount after acquittal, you should review the options you used to secure bail. If you posted cash bail, you may apply for a refund. If a surety bond was issued by a bail bondsman company, you cannot claim the bail amount. Even the premium you paid to the bondsman company cannot be claimed.

Refund procedure

 If you qualify for a refund, it may take up to two weeks to receive the check. Usually, they post the check to your current address. You should ensure that in case of a change in contact information, the court is informed, and your records with the court are updated.

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