Atlanta, GA asked in Criminal Law for Georgia

Q: Can a bondsmen keep the sum paid after surrendering and the defendant is arrested on charges being added to the case?

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Woodrow Jennings Halstead III
Woodrow Jennings Halstead III
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • San Antonio, TX

A: Normally, yes, the amount paid to a bondsman is a fee for the service of underwriting the full amount of a bond and they get to keep it.

In most cases, the bondsman earns that fee at the time he/she posts the bond for the defendant. If the bondsman later asks the court to get off the bond that does not usually change the fact he/she earned that fee for writing the bond. Ultimately the terms and conditions of the fee paid is controlled by any contract or agreement you entered into with the bondsman at the time they agreed to write the bond.

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