It depends on if you posted the bond yourself or used an agent. If the entire bond was $2K and you gave the money to the jail, you will get it back from the clerk of court in a few months from the date of dismissal. If the bond was $20K and you paid $2K to a bondsman, then that was the fee for their services in posting the bond for you and you don't get that back.
If you put up the money personally, call the Clerk's Office for the court you were in. They can give you their process for obtaining a refund. If you used a bonding company, and it was their fee, then you won't see the money back. If the bonding company made you put up the full amount as collateral, they can refund it back to you directly.
Evan A. Watson is a Georgia licensed attorney. All information is based on Georgia law, and no response should be construed as legal advice. Additionally, this response does not create an attorney/client relationship. The response is simply a form of legal education and is intended to provide general information for all readers. Please refer with an attorney who practices in your applicable state for non-Georgia legal questions.
I suspect that your bond was $20,000 and you paid a bail bondsman a $2,000 premium. If I am correct you will not get that money back. That represents his cost of guaranteeing to the Court that you will make your appearances.
If you put the money up yourself go see the clerk of court, and get a refund. If someone else put the money up they will have to go do this. If you went through a bonding company, and paid 12 to 15 percent, the bonding company keeps that money as their fee. If you paid more than that they will refund the money to you. Let them know your case has closed.
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