Our son was mistakenly arrested a few weeks back and charged on suspicion of burglary. He was basically at the wrong place at the wrong time. At the time he was booked into the Ventura Jail we called a local bondsman. He charged us $3,000 for the bond and told us our biggest responsibility was that our son handle his case. Our attorney is confident he’ll be able to get the charges dropped. Will we get our bail money back if the case is dismissed? How long will it take for the refund to get processed?
The money you paid to the Ventura bondsman is a nonrefundable fee which was charged for the service he provided. The 10% rate is not set company by company, but it is instead set based on state law. Even if he wanted to refund a portion of what you paid him, he is prohibited from doing that. The bondsman could face criminal penalties and the loss of his license if he issued a refund.
In order to have bail money refunded you would have needed to post that amount in full, in cash, with the court or jail. In this case it sounds like that would have equaled $30,000. Had you posted “cash bail” that money would be fully refunded, less administrative fees, once your son’s case is over.
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