When a bail bond is posted, the money typically goes to the court or the jurisdiction that has issued the bail. The purpose of bail is to provide a financial guarantee that the defendant will appear in court as required, and the bail money is held as a security deposit to ensure the defendant’s compliance.
If the defendant appears in court as required, the bail money may be returned to the person who posted it, minus any fees or charges associated with the bail bond. However, if the defendant fails to appear in court, the bail may be forfeited, and the money may be used to pay any fines or penalties associated with the case.
If a bail bondsman is used to post bail, the fees charged by the bail bondsman are typically non-refundable, even if the defendant appears in court as required. If property or other assets are used as collateral for the bail, the ownership of the collateral may be transferred to the court or the jurisdiction until the case is resolved.