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What Happens If You Bail Someone Out & They Go Back To Jail?

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What Happens If You Bail Someone Out & They Go Back To Jail?

What Happens If You Bail Someone Out & They Go Back To Jail?

If you bailed someone out of jail and they have to go back to jail for another arrest, then they will be required to pay another bond fee.

If you used a bail bonds company on the first loan and the person you bonded out gets arrested again and needs another bond, your first bond does not get refunded to you. The 10% you put down originally goes to the bondsman, and if there is a second arrest, you will need to pay a second bond if the court requires it.

Can Bail Money Be Refunded?

Bail bond money is refundable so long as you show up in court for your hearing. The court may take a small fee of about 3% of your refund, depending on the state. If you paid a bail bonds service, then you do not get a refund of the 10% service fee that the bail bonds company charges. Read more about how bail money and refunds work.

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Kenyatta Hendrix July 5, 2021 at 11:18 pm Reply

What happens if your lover bailed you out the you have a fight he wants to revoke your bail money back how can I prevent it from imprisoning me back to jail

Thomas Stinson July 7, 2021 at 7:25 am Reply

Get ahold of your bonding company and get a new indemidator on the bond.

Shawn August 8, 2022 at 4:25 pm

I got a bondsman to bail my brother out. I put up the 10%. I signed for the bond. He has since been arrested for new charges and hasn’t been sentenced on any of his charges. He is currently in jail. I understand I won’t get my money back from the bondsman but does that mean the bond is done and over with since he was put back in jail.

Thomas Kane August 9, 2022 at 4:27 am

If he got arrested for a second charge, then there is likely a 2nd bond fee to get him out of jail for the second bond as well. So he would be stuck in jail until the second bond is paid, if the judge decides to set a bond. The judge might also decide he is a flight risk and keep him in there.

Julie R August 29, 2021 at 2:06 pm Reply

Well in Massachusetts you can’t revoke the bail unless you bring the person you bailed out with you. So technically you would have to turn yourself in. They don’t send the cops out to pick you up or anything like that, not here anyway. And I’m pretty sure no one would be willing to turn themselves in, so if you live here, he can go tell them he wants it revoked every single day, it won’t matter unless he has you with him.

Kayla August 30, 2021 at 9:56 pm Reply

If you bail someone out and they get arrested again will you have to repay the other bond again

Sarah September 4, 2021 at 8:02 am Reply

Say I put my name and collateral on a bail bond and the person who gets bonded out misses his court dates and the bonding agency writes me asking if I know the whereabouts of the the bonded, which I did and informed the agency. Resulting in him getting arrested and going back to jail. Resulting in him going to Federal prison for a long long time. What happens to the original bond I signed?

Heather October 12, 2021 at 8:46 am Reply

How do you get out of a bail bonding contract

Esther November 11, 2021 at 7:49 pm Reply

I bonded my boyfriend now and he was out three days but re-arrested and has been sitting in jail almost a month why is the bonds company of his first charge still charging me for his bond if he’s not even out

Thomas Kane November 12, 2021 at 1:54 pm Reply

If he got re-arrested for a different charge, then there might be another bail amount that needs to be paid. You can contact a local bondsman and have them look it up for you. Sometimes, if the court feels like the person is too risky, they will hold him regardless of a previous bond for a second arrest. If you paid an original bond fee to a bondsman at 10% of the total bond amount, then that fee would be non-refundable because it is a service fee for the bondsman taking the risk of putting up the full amount on your behalf to the court. If you paid the court the full bond amount, then when he makes his court date, you should get the full amount back, minus some small court costs.

Darlene Newland March 17, 2022 at 1:47 pm

What if your out on felony bond and get arrested for a misdemeanor charge and get a 5 day sentence for the new charge can your bond still be revoked.

Thomas Kane March 20, 2022 at 5:53 am

No, they will just have a second bond most likely, if the judge approves of one for them.

Janine May 11, 2022 at 12:54 pm Reply

My son got arrested while out on bond
There taking 300 a month…do I have to pay the bond?

Thomas Kane May 11, 2022 at 2:50 pm

You likely signed a contract on the first bond for the bond company to put up the other 90% on your behalf to the court, so the 10% fee you paid to them is now most likely nonrefundable. If he were caught and charged on a second offense, then that would have its own bond also, if the judge allows it. So paying a second bond to get him out might be necessary. If you bond yourself out and get re-arrested for a different offense, then you end up having to bond again for the second offense too, it doesn’t suddenly erase the first offense, unfortunately.

Angela Johnson December 5, 2021 at 2:31 pm Reply

My daughter went to jail a couple months ago. Her boyfriend bonded her out. They got into a argument, he called the police on her. She was acting up whole the police were present. So they arrested her for disorderly conduct.. he went straight down and came off her bond. This is in the state of Ga. My question is can he go back on her bond. I know she has a new charge .disorderly but can he ask for her to be back on the bond.

Angela Johnson December 5, 2021 at 2:36 pm Reply

My daughter got arrested a couple months ago. Her boy bonded her out thru a bonding company. They live in Ga. They got into a argument and he called the police to their house. My daughter was acting up in front of the police. They arrested for disorderly conduct. My question is . Since he boned her out and then went off her bond. Can he go back on that bond if he pays the bond on the new charge

Thomas Kane December 16, 2021 at 2:00 pm

Do you mean she got arrested a second time for a different charge and there was a new bond fee? If that is the case then she would need both bond fees paid before being let out of jail. If the fee was paid to the court in full without a bondsman, then he would get his money back from both bonds as soon as she makes her court date. If it was paid to a bondsman, the fee is non refundable as a service fee for the bondsman taking the risk of posting the full amount on her behalf.

Jessica December 30, 2021 at 6:53 am Reply

I bailed my friend out of jail and he missed his court date which was the same date of his deceased father birthday. I understand he forgot and I did too so I had him call the court. The clerk advised he turn himself in which we planned for him to do the next day. That evening he was arrested for a different criminal offense. We live in indiana and would like to know what I can do to get my money returned and be removed from his CASH Bond? Can we pay his 2nd bond for his release or will I need to pay first bond a 2nd time and bond for recrlent arrest too

linda January 2, 2022 at 4:00 pm Reply

What happens if you bail someone out and they go back to jail and then sentenced to State Prison? am I liable to pay this Bail bonds?? My son was arrested and i bail him out of jail. then rearrested 2019 and he sentenced to State Prison and released in Aug 2020. and now on Parole, Do i still have to pay for the bail out in 2019 when he fully severed his sentenced on this charges. I’ve been paying them monthly and unaware.

Christina February 12, 2022 at 12:20 am Reply

If you use a bail bond to bail someone out of jail and they are re-arrested are you responsible for paying the entire bond amount? For example if bail is set at $10,000 and you pay a bond for $1,000 and your loved one gets re-arrested do you owe the bond company the $10,000?

Thomas Kane February 15, 2022 at 12:52 pm Reply

No, if they get re-arrested while out on a bond, then he would have to be bonded out on a new and additional bond. You would just be out the $1,000 to the bondsman and you would not owe the full $10,000, the bondsman put that money up to the court on your behalf, and they get their $10,000 back when the defendant makes their court appearance. So as long as the person in jail makes that court appearance, you do not owe the $10k. However if they get re-bonded out again and miss their court date, then you are liable for the full $10k.

Kelly March 7, 2022 at 12:52 pm Reply

If I do a ball piece release & the person is picked up goes back to jail violated judges orders for rehab will they get another bond?

Thomas Kane March 8, 2022 at 11:23 am Reply

If someone goes back to jail after they have already been bonded out for a different offense, then the judge will, if he thinks it’s right, decide to allow the person to be bonded out a second time for a second fee amount.

Lori LaDart July 15, 2022 at 6:06 pm

So I co-signed on my friends bail. Not even a week later she was arrested again for possession and is currently still locked up. I’ve asked the bail bondsman I co-signed with to take me off the bond numerous times and she says it’s not possible. The defendant is in custody and I don’t trust their word anymore. Why can’t she take me off, or is she full of shit? This is in Louisiana FYI.

Thomas Kane August 8, 2022 at 12:07 pm

Bail bonds companies are privately owned so each has its own policies, I would ask for a copy of the contract and read through it first; if you can’t find anything that locks you into the contract, then they should be able to take you off per your request. If not, you may have to go to civil court over it.

Destiny March 8, 2022 at 6:47 am Reply

If someone bonded you out and they want to suddenly go off your bond to get their money back, what can the bonded out person do or is there no way to keep them from going back to jail?

Thomas Kane March 8, 2022 at 11:26 am Reply

Most contracts for co-signers do not allow someone to get out of the bond contract for any reason. That co-signer is stuck now and if the offender (person who got bonded out) doesn’t pay up, the bondsman is going to come after the co-signer for the full bond amount. You have to be the cheerleader for the offender and try and convince them to stay on track and make their court appearance.

Vera March 9, 2022 at 10:12 am Reply

What if in North Carolina you call the bondsman and the bond was so high you use money and collateral like property to bond the person out the person end up going back to court appearance and was sentenced do I still owe the bondsman the money the bond was set $200,000 and we paid agreement was $5,000 he paid all but a thousand before he went back to jail do I have to pay the rest

Emily Hansen March 13, 2022 at 4:54 pm Reply

My friend had a 7,500 bond. I paid 2500 and he was supposed to pay the rest on his release. He was re-arrested before that amount was paid. Will it still need paid with him in jail?

Thomas Kane March 20, 2022 at 5:58 am Reply

If he was rearrested, then he will likely have a second bond amount that needs to be paid and there will end up being two bonds he has to pay. If you co-signed for the first one and he goes back to jail, you are still indebted to the first one, it does not go away.

Aubrey Hurley March 18, 2022 at 3:07 pm Reply

If you sign to bail someone out and they pick them up later after Court date and they go to jail and you fall on hard times what do the bail bonds do on hard times

Thomas Kane March 20, 2022 at 5:52 am Reply

Most bail bonds companies will likely work with you on payments, most bonding companies do; everyone has hard times 🙂

Valeria April 21, 2022 at 10:54 pm Reply

So I bonded my boyfriend out of jail on 3 charges he was re arrested with in 24 hours on a different charge ..I bailed him out thru another bail bonds company because the first one wasn’t helping me nor gave us paperwork and the 2nd bail bonds bailed him out on the first 3 charges plus the new charge … his case was dismissed and the 1st bailbonds is harassing me telling me I need to pay them 22,000

Thomas Kane April 22, 2022 at 5:46 am Reply

If you actually gave the first bail bonds company money and they did in fact put the money up to the court on your behalf, then it is likely that you signed an agreement stating that the funds were non-refundable. I would ask for a copy of the contract in writing just in case they refuse to give up the copy of the contract. If you never signed anything and still gave them money, or you gave them money and they never had to put up anything to the court, then you will need to get them served and take them to civil court if they are unwilling to communicate and come to a resolution.

Angela Pippin April 23, 2022 at 1:42 am Reply

I paid a cash bond of $6000 for a friend. Shortly after he was arrested on different charges. Is it still possible to get my money back? If so how do I go about getting my money back? State of Kentucky

Thomas Kane April 23, 2022 at 5:31 am Reply

If you paid the bondsman, it is likely you signed a non-refundable contract agreeing to give the $6,000 (10%) in exchange for the bonding company to put up $60,000 to the court on your friends’ behalf. If you paid the court $6,000 and $6,000 was your total bond fee to the court, then as long as your friend makes the court date and shows up, you will get your $6,000 back minus small court fees which are usually $60-$300, and it may take weeks to get the money back.

If you paid the bondsman and want to try to get some of your money back, it is a civil matter and the best bet is to politely talk to the bonding company and try to work out an arrangement.

Adriana April 27, 2022 at 8:56 pm Reply

I signed to bail my brother out 2 years ago. Then pandemic hit so bail bonds stop calling for payment. Brother left the state got arrested and is incarcerated. Would I have to still pay that bond and pay for the bounty hunter? Can I get out of it?

Lisa June 20, 2022 at 6:07 pm Reply

My son was out on a misdemeanor and got arrested again in Florida’s and they revoked his bail on the previous charge, can he get another bond reinstated?

Adriana April 28, 2022 at 9:35 am Reply

I signed with 2 other to bail my brother out 2 years ago. Then pandemic hit so bail bonds stop calling for payment. Brother left the state got arrested and is incarcerated. Would I have to still pay that bond and pay for the bounty hunter? Can I get out of it

JESSICA May 6, 2022 at 9:28 pm Reply

I bailed my boyfriend 2,600 for charge with his baby mamma and then a mobth later he got arrested for not registering for a sex offender charge he had when he was a teenager . He has another bail to get out but im good. Any chance ill get my money back.

Thomas Kane May 7, 2022 at 4:46 am Reply

If you put money up to the court itself and didn’t go through a bail bondsman, then as long as he makes the court hearing/trial for the offense you bonded him out on, then you would get your money back minus some small court fees, which are usually $60-$250 or so. It might take 1-6 weeks, though. If you put up the $2,600 to a bail bondsman as their 10% fee and the bond was $26,000, that money is very likely nonrefundable. The best bet is to call the bonding company, ask for a copy of the contract, read through it, and then try to negotiate a settlement or a payment plan, maybe even talk about collateral or trade.

Sheltial June 20, 2022 at 9:54 am Reply

If you get someone out of jail on a bond that you are paying on and they go back to jail on another charge will you still have to pay the bondsmen for the original charge

Thomas Kane June 25, 2022 at 5:51 pm Reply

Yes, two separate charges means two separate fees from the court 🙁

Landon August 8, 2022 at 11:49 am Reply

My son got out on bond for 100,000, 10,000 was the 10%. I was paying payments on half 5,000, and paid it down to 3,500. Now he went back to court after he got indicted and they increased his bond to 500,000 and re-arrested him. Do I still have to make those payments to the bondsman? Just curious, because someone said I don’t owe him anything now. Thanks.

Sammy August 9, 2022 at 7:09 am Reply

My nephew was on prole, and I bailed him out, and the Fed’s, revoked his prole. He supposed to go to court this month on the seventh. What if they want bring him back on that courth date? Will I have to pay more to the bond money. I had to pay three hundred dollars to get him, and they picked him up while he was out. I tried to go off the bond, because I don’t believe he’s not going make it on his court date, because the Fed’s sent him back to pen.

Jo August 23, 2022 at 3:02 am Reply

I was arrested with a another person co-defendant for 3felonies class b but was released on my own or I was not in violation of my to pretrial conditions I was obeying all laws I have no criminal record I was going to all my court proceedings when the original arresting cop came to my home and rearrested me for the same charge. Once again I was released on my own or the only thing he did was show me a picture of myself holding a gun and said thieft of two firearms original charges are burglary of home with firearms and jewelry and other things he said however he has no probable cause or evidence and I am innocent awaiting pretrial is that legal in nevada?

Thomas Kane August 23, 2022 at 7:19 am Reply

That is a lot to go over; we are not able to give a good answer on this one, I am sorry. You would have to talk to a lawyer in your area.

Gwen Michaels October 21, 2022 at 9:24 pm Reply

Hi my fiancé was arrested for his third DUI and then caused damage at the police station. The judge only gave him a cash bail for 10k option. I regrettably paid the 10k cash. It has become apparent he intends to flee and I have called off the wedding. I’m bummed I’m losing 10k after finding so much more info out since. Can I ask the jail to revoke my cash bail? What if I have evidence that he is planning to flee and is also still drinking and driving? Thanks (state of NY in Ulster county)

sonja November 5, 2022 at 6:14 pm Reply

if i bail someone out and now they want to go back to jail. Will my bail money be refunded? California

Myra November 30, 2022 at 6:17 am Reply

Hi, my boyfriends bail is set at 80,000 in Sonoma county, ca. I want to bail him out on a payment plan, however he may be getting sentenced to prison time on the 12th of this month. (2 weeks away) what happens if he has to go back? Will I still have to continue the payments if he goes back?

Will the already paid money go towards his newest bail amount?

Or will I have to continue the payments, and also pay the new bail amount that was set at the time of his sentencing?

Thomas Kane November 30, 2022 at 6:24 am

Sonja, if you use a bondsman and the bondsman puts the full $80,000 up to the court for you and accepts a 10% fee on a payment plan; that is most likely going to be non-refundable, whether he is tried guilty, innocent, or goes to prison or jail for a separate charge. If there was a separate charge and he went back to jail for a different crime, then you would have to pay a second bail bond; that is if the judge doesn’t feel like he is a flight risk at that point. If he is going to prison in 2 weeks, that means you are going to get two weeks with him at the cost of a non-refundable $8,000 cash, or equal collateral/payments. Please read the fine print on the co-signer contract, each bail bond company is privately owned and each has their own service contract.

Stacy November 17, 2022 at 2:26 pm Reply

My boyfriend is out on bond and was arrested again for a misdemeanor, will his original bond be revoked? Or can he bond out again with the same bail agency?

Jessica December 4, 2022 at 8:31 pm Reply

If I bailed my now ex out of jail paying full cash without a bails bondsman and he isn’t following the rules and is continuing to get in trouble what can I do?

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