How to Post a Bail Bond

In Bail Bonds Information by TIM ALTMAN

Posting Bail for someone in Lake County Florida can be a difficult task if you try to go at it alone. There are a few different types of acceptable Bail in Florida.

First is a cash bond, this type of bail bond would be paid directly to the jail in the full amount. Cash bonds are required for civil enforcement such as child support purges, order of commitment, and some judges require cash only for certain charges.

How do I post a cash bond?

For instructions on how to post a cash bond, call your local Jail. Generally Lake and Sumter County Jail will accept cash in the exact amount of the cash bond, or purge. Note: You should not use a bail bond agent to post a cash bond because you or another person can post a cash bond.

Can I change my mind after I post a cash bond for someone?

You may have the defendant turn themselves in to jail any time before the defendant misses a court date. If the defendant is returned to the jail, you will need to file the required paperwork with the court. It will take several weeks for the money to be mailed to you.

If I post a cash bond, will I get my money back?

Maybe. If the defendant attends all court appearances and either pleads guilty or is found guilty, by Florida law, a cash bond can be used to pay fines and costs:

…when the money has been deposited, if it remains on deposit at the time of the judgment for the payment of a fine, the clerk must, under the direction of the court, apply the money in satisfaction thereof, and after satisfying the fine and costs, must refund the surplus, if any, to the party posting the deposit.

What happens if the defendant misses court?

The judge will issue a warrant for the defendant’s arrest and the bond will be forfeited (defaulted). If you posted cash bond with the jail for the defendant, most likely this money will be lost.

Surety Bond

What is a bail bondsman?

Bondsman, bondsperson, bail agent, and bail bond agent are all names used for a person who is licensed by the State of Florida Department of Insurance to sell surety bonds and is authorized to conduct business in the State of Florida. He or she is an agent for an insurance company that sells surety bonds.

What is a surety bond?

A surety bond or a bail bond is an agreement made between the defendant, a person and a bondsman.

The bondsman agrees to post the necessary bond so the defendant can be released from jail. This agreement is backed by an insurance company contract signed by the person and the bondsman on behalf of the insurance company. Only a person who has been licensed by the State Department of Insurance may post a surety bond.

Why would I hire a bondsman?

If you don’t have the cash to cover the full bond amount, you may wish to hire a bondsman to bond yourself or someone else out of jail. Also, as mentioned above, sometimes the Court keeps a cash bond. If you are bonding someone out of jail and you don’t want to take the chance that all or part of your cash will be used to pay the defendant’s court fines, fees and restitution, you might want to hire a bail bondsman.

How much does a surety bond cost?

A surety bond will cost you 10% of the bond or a minimum of 100$ per charge.

You will not get any of the surety bondsman’s fees back because it is nonrefundable.

The surety bondsman’s fee, set by the State of Florida, will cost 10% of the total bond. Example: a $5000 bail bond will cost 500$ when you use a bail bondsman as a surety.

How do I post a surety bond?

Call Altman Bail Bonds, 352-343-6090

We will do our best to explain the bail bond process to you and make it affordable.

The defendant and a cosigner will be required to sign the bond agent’s contract.

If I’m a consignor, what will I have to do?

If the defendant misses a court date, you will be expected to help the bondsman find the defendant, to pay the bondsman’s expenses for finding the defendant, or to pay the full amount of the bond if the defendant cannot be found.

If I go through a bond agent to post a surety bond, will I get my money and collateral back?

You will not get the surety bond fee ,the 10%, back. Any Collateral deposited will be returned.


This information is to provide you with basic information only. Every case is different and some are very complicated.

If you need more information or bail bond advice, please contact bail bond Agent Tim Altman Altman Bail Bonds.