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Cash Bonds

A Cash Bond is when the full amount of the bail is posted by the defendant or on behalf of the defendant in cash directly to the jail. if the defendant appears at all court dates, the depositor of the cash bond will receive the money back, less court costs, court fees, fines, and other criminal penalties.

Florida Statute 903.286: Return of cash bond; requirement to withhold unpaid fines, less, court costs; cash bond forms.

(1) Notwithstanding s. 903.31(2), the clerk of the court shall withhold from the return of a cash bond posted on behalf of a criminal defendant by a person other than a bail bond agent licensed pursuant to chapter 648 sufficient funds to pay all unpaid court fees, court costs, and criminal penalties. If sufficient funds are not available to pay all unpaid court fees, court costs, and criminal penalties, the clerk of the court shall immediately obtain payment from the defendant or enroll the defendant in a payment plan pursuant to s. 28.246.
(2) All cash bond forms used in conjunction with the requirements of 903.09 must prominently display a notice explaining that all funds are subject to forfeiture and withholding by the clerk of the court for the payment of court fees, court costs, and criminal penalties on behalf of the criminal defendant regardless of who posted the funds.
History.-s. 57, ch. 2005-236; s. 3, ch. 2008-224