What is a cash bond? A cash bond is the full amount of the bond required, paid in cash, to release a defendant from jail.
How much does cash bond cost? A cash bond costs the full amount of the bond AND a nonrefundable $25.00 Sheriff’s fee if the bond is posted after regular hours with the jail. Example: A $500 cash bond would cost a total of $525 ($500 plus $25).
How do I post a cash bond? For instructions on how to post a cash bond, call your local sheriff’s office. Note: You do not need to pay a bail bond agent to post a cash bond because you or another person can post a cash bond.
Can I change my mind after I post a cash bond for someone? You may have the defendant turn him or herself in to jail any time before the defendant misses a court date. If the defendant is returned to the jail, you will need to file the required paperwork with the court. It will take about two weeks for the money to be mailed to you.
If I post a cash bond, will I get my money back? Maybe, If the defendant attends all court appearances and either pleads guilty or is found guilty, by Idaho law, I.C. 19-2908, a cash bond can be used to pay fines and costs:
… when the money has been deposited, if it remains on deposit at the time of the judgment for the payment of a fine, the clerk must, under the direction of the court, apply the money in satisfaction thereof, and after satisfying the fine and costs, must refund the surplus, if any, to the party posting the deposit.
If you are using your money to post a cash bond for the defendant, please tell the clerk or jailer your name and address, If you are using the defendant’s own money to post the cash bond, tell the clerk or jailer that the bond money should be receipted in the defendant’s name. The bond receipt should be made for the person whose money is being used for the cash bond. If there is any money left, it will be returned to the person whose name is on the bond receipt. If the defendant attends all court appearances and the charges are dismissed or dropped, the person whose name is on the cash bond receipt will receive the refund of the cash bond. It takes about two weeks for the refund to be mailed to the person who posted the cash bond.
What happens if the defendant misses court? The judge will issue a warrant for the defendant’s arrest and the bond will be forfeited (defaulted). If you post a cash bond for the defendant, there are only two ways you can get your money back: 1) You must find the defendant and turn him or her back to the jail within 180 days of the bench warrant; 2) If the defendant is arrested and put back in jail within 180 days of the warrant, you can request your cash bond back.
Fill out the required paperwork and give it to the Court. The judge will review it and if approved, the cash bond will be mailed back to you. If the defendant isn’t found or arrested within 180 days, the Court will keep your entire cash bond.
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