Do I Get My Bail Bond Money Back?

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Question:  Can I expect to get my bail bond money back?

Answer:  This is a question we get most often as a bail bondsman. The best way to answer this question is to explain the difference between bail (which is given directly to the court) and a bail bond (which is purchased from a licensed bondsman).

If you post bail with the court and the defendant appears for all of his or her scheduled court dates, you will get your money back less any fees charged by the court.

If you used the services of a bondsman for a bail bond, you will pay the bondsman a fee. This fee is typically 10% of the full bail amount in most states. That is the cost of the bondsman’s service and the money is not returned.