I bonded someone out of jail and decided I didn't want to be responsible for him anymore. I told the bondsman and they revoked the bond and he was returned to jail. Am I entitled to my money back?
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You paid the bondman a fee to post the bond on behalf of your friend. They performed the service you retained them for. That fee is non-refundable. The bondsman will make another fee if he posts a different bond for your friend. It's a good business.
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A bondsman is an insurance agent. The 10 % if state charges or 15% if federal is the premium you pay to insure the defendant appears for court. As my fellow attorney above stated he lived up to the obligations he had towards you, and when you no longer wanted to stand by your obligation and be on the hook for the rest of the actual bond amount you would owe if your friend skips out. So you are no longer obligated, your acquaintance is in jail, and the bondsmen did his job. So no you do not get any money back. Good luck.
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