What happens if I posted bond for a defendant and they miss court?

The judge will issue a warrant for the defendant’s arrest and the bond money will be forfeited. If you posted a cash bond for the defendant, there are only two ways you can get your money back:

  • You must find the defendant and turn him or her back to the jail within 90 days of the bench warrant.
  • If the defendant is arrested and put back in jail within 90 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 90 days, the court will keep your entire cash bond. Please note that a Sheriff’s bond fee may be required.

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3. What is a bond?
4. What happens if I posted bond for a defendant and they miss court?
5. How do I post a property bond?
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