Do You Get Bail Money Back If You Are Found Not Guilty?
If you are arrested and put in jail, you will typically need to pay a bail bond to be released from jail until your court date. If you have paid the full amount of your bail and appear in court on the scheduled date, the bail money will be returned to you. The purpose of bail is to ensure that you appear in court, so even if you are found guilty, once you have completed all requirements of the court, including your sentencing, your bail money will be returned. So, what happens to the bail if you are found not guilty? First, it’s necessary to understand everything about the money, such as where it goes and when it is returned if you’re found not guilty.
Where Does the Money Go?
The court will hold the money you use for bail until you appear before the judge. Whether you are guilty or not guilty, if you fail to appear, the court will keep the money. However, if you show up and are found not guilty, the money will be immediately returned to you through the court. If a bail bondsman posted the bail, the money would be returned to the bondsman.
What About the Fees?
If you are found not guilty, and a bondsman posted the bail, the bail money will be returned to the bond company; however, even if you are found not guilty, you are still responsible for paying any fees charged by the bond company. It is essential to understand the exact amount of fees the bond company is charging you and understanding that just because you have paid the required fees, all bail money paid to the court on your behalf will be returned to the bondsman; the fees are completely separate from the bond, and you are not entitled to the bail money.
It is important to keep in mind that even if you are found not guilty, it may take a few days before any money you have put up for bail can be released. If you or someone you know has used their property as collateral, it may take longer for the deed to be returned than it takes for a cash bond to be returned. If you have asked a family member or friend to cosign a bail bond for you, it is essential that they fully understand the fees and the process for the return of their collateral.
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