Someone you know was arrested. They call you, and you paid cash or reached out to a bail bond company like us. Bail was posted, they were released from jail, and they are finally back home. It’s been months later, and you’re wondering about the money that you paid to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.
Bail bonds and refunds can be tricky if you are not sure how they work. If it has been several months and you haven’t gotten a refund from the county, there is a reason for it. Let us tell you the possible reason why.
Why Don’t I Receive Money Back from My Bail Bond in Harris County?
Bail is posted usually before a person goes to court. This is to release them so they don’t have to stay in jail until then. The majority of the time, people use bail bond companies, like ours, to get family members and friends the bail money they need. This is, of course, dependant on the amount required for bail.
Because a person must pay the total amount of their bail before they can be released, people reach out to us. The person working with us is meant to bring 8 to 10% of the bail, and we will take care of the rest. We give them the rest of the money they need and they also pay us a premium fee. The fee is because we are providing almost all the money required for bail. This fee is non-refundable.
The rest is now up to the individual who was arrested. The point of paying a bail bond to the county is to ensure that the arrested individual appears in court. If the individual shows up on the appointed court date, a refund is given by the county. The money will be returned to the bail bond company, and then your portion will be returned.
If the individual arrested did not show up in court, then the county withholds the money, and it is not refunded.
Make sure that the arrested individual appears in court. This is the only way to ensure your money is refunded to you by the county.