My brother was arrested a year and a half ago and was falsely accused of the crime. The bondsman in San Mateo helped us with a payment plan and we have been making monthly payments. My brother’s charged were dropped last week. Do we still need to keep paying the bondsman? Will we get any of our money back? How does this work?
This is a very common question. The 10% you pay to a bondsman is non refundable and is paid for the service they provide. The bondsman earns their fee at the time the defendant’s bond is posted. If you are still making payments on a balance you will need to continue doing so until the full 10% is reached.
The only time money is returned at the end of a defendant’s case is if they post cash bail. Instead of paying a 10% fee to a bondsman, cash bail involves taking the defendant’s full bail amount to the jail. This is often done in the form of cash or a cashier’s check. As long as the defendant makes all of their necessary court appearances the money will be refunded to whomever posted it once the case is over.
If you have additional questions about how bail works you may want to contact the bondsman who helped you get your brother out of jail.
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