What do I need to do to get my bond released? How do I get my bond money back? Can I get my cash bond refunded?
Bonds are not released until your case has been closed.
NOTE: If your bond is a cash bond, Florida Statute 939.17 authorizes the Clerk under direction of the court, to deduct any court fines and costs from cash bonds. If you fail to appear for any scheduled court appearance, the bond money will be forfeited per Florida Statute 903, in addition, Florida Statute 903.286 requires the clerk to withhold sufficient funds to pay any unpaid court fees, fines or penalties in any and all cases of the named defendant on the cash bond. This procedure is not limited to the case or charge for which the cash bond was posted.
If there are no other cases where fees are due, once the case is disposed the bond will be released to the bond depositor and not necessarily to the defendant. Checks are cut each Friday, if bond is released on a Friday the check will not be run until the following week. The Name and Address that check is sent to will be to the named bond depositor and the address listed on the bond. This address may only be changed via Notarized Affidavit ONLY - the name of the bond depositor may NOT be changed.
To update the address for the bond depositor:
You may file in person with photo ID a change of address or you may file a notarized affidavit of change of address by US mail. Your change of address should indicate if the change is only applicable to the bond or applicable to bond and mailing address.
Only with this process will the clerk's office be able to update the bond information ensuring any refund is submitted to the correct address.
NOTE: Address changes not timely filed may result in your check being sent to the previous address on file. To ensure delivery you may also wish to update your address with the US Postal Service by visiting https://www.usps.com/ or appearing in person at your closet US Postal Service location.
REFUNDS or DISBURSEMENTS:
You may file a change of address form in the corresponding court case. The clerk's office will update your address in the case.
NOTE: Address changes not timely filed may result in your check being sent to the previous address on file. To ensure delivery you may also wish to update your address with the US Postal Service by visiting https://www.usps.com/ or by appearing in person at your closet US Postal Service location.
Bond refunds are disbursed when the case is closed. Refunds are sent to the bond depositor.