Cedar Rapids, IA asked in Criminal Law for Oklahoma

Q: If I post a cash bond will I get the money back after my court is decided

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Brian Boeheim
Brian Boeheim
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Tulsa, OK
  • Licensed in Oklahoma

A: Yes, after your case is concluded and/or your are released from your bond, you will get the cash bond back.

David A. Cincotta and Tracy Tiernan agree with this answer

David A. Cincotta
David A. Cincotta
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • Licensed in Oklahoma

A: I just want to add to Mr. Boeheim's response. A cash bond is generally meant to refer to a defendant, family, or friends depositing cash with the court clerk to secure the defendant's appearance during the case. However, there are bondsman that are "cash bondsman" who post cash bonds for clients, and, in that situation, the contract entered into with the bondsman is going to control if you are entitled to the return of any funds.

A cash bond that is posted for you, by family or a friend, will be released to the individual who posted the bond when the bond is exonerated (at the time the charges are dismissed, you enter a plea of guilty, or the court orders the bond exonerated for some other reason). If the bond is forfeited (for failure to appear), it is much more difficult for the person who posted it to get the money back. If you employ a cash bondsman (or a bondsman no matter the type of bondsman), the contract with the bondsman will control what occurs with the money going forward.

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