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Frequenty Asked Questions - Bond Information
1. Where can I post a bond?
2. Bonds with Electronic Monitoring
3. What is the bond on a specific defendant?
4. When can I get my bond refund?
5. What if I lost my bond receipt?
6. How do I find out my bond refund amount?
7. To whom will the bond check be issued?
8. Who can pick up the bond refund check?
9. Since I used a credit card to post the bond, can my refund be credited to that same credit card?
10. Where can I cash my bond refund check?
11. How many ways can I post a bond?

1. Where can I post a bond?
For a criminal case, a bond can be posted with the Hamilton County Clerk of Courts at the Hamilton County Justice Center, Rm. 112, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For more information on where to post your bond, call (513) 946-6010.
 
2. Bonds with Electronic Monitoring
When the Court orders a bond be posted in conjunction with electronic monitoring, specific information is required by the Sheriff's Department before a release can be made. The address with name and telephone number of the owner or the tenant of the property where the defendant will be staying is required. An alternative name and number would be helpful. The phone must be a Cincinnati Bell telephone to be eligible for the program. (Time Warner, cell phone numbers and other systems will not apply).

You may provide information to EMD by visiting their office between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM Monday - Friday. EMD is located in the back of 800 Broadway by Bedinger and Eggleston Ave. For additional information call EMD at (513) 946-9791.
 
3. What is the bond on a specific defendant?
Contact our office at (513) 946-6010.
 
4. When can I get my bond refund?
You must wait until the defendant has shown up for all of the scheduled appearances and the case has a final disposition (guilty with sentencing, dismissal, not guilty, or ignored by grand jury), or if the surety is released from the case by an order of the Court. You must bring your bond receipt with you and proof of identification to get your bond refund.
 
5. What if I lost my bond receipt?
A duplicate receipt can be obtained by filing a lost bond receipt affidavit with the bond clerk in the Courthouse, Room 315. This affidavit is available in the Courthouse, Room 315, online through this link, or by facsimile by calling (513) 946-5683.
 
6. How do I find out my bond refund amount?
Generally the refund is 90% of the bond amount portion. The state fee is a separate amount and is only refunded if the case is dismissed, ignored by the Grand Jury, or the defendant is found not guilty.
 
7. To whom will the bond check be issued?
The bond refund check will always be made payable to the person that posted and signed the bond.
 
8. Who can pick up the bond refund check?
The bond refund check will be released only to the surety (person who posted and signed the bond) unless a bond authorization form is filed with the bond receipt. This form will allow a third party to receive the bond refund check made payable to the person who posted the bond. This form is available in the Courthouse, Room 315, online through this link, or by facsimile by calling (513) 946-5683.
 
9. Since I used a credit card to post the bond, can my refund be credited to that same credit card?
No, we are required to issue a check for all refunds.
 
10. Where can I cash my bond refund check?
You can cash the refund check at the bank where you normally do business.
 
11. How many ways can I post a bond?
Bonds can be posted in cash, credit card (Master Card, Discover, American Express, NO VISA) or with a certified/cashier’s check. Certified and cashier’s checks are accepted only during hours that they can be confirmed with the bank of issue.

In order to post a property bond, one will need real estate located in the State of Ohio, provided the Deputy Clerk determines that there is enough equity in the property. We also require the following when posting a property bond:
1) A current paid tax receipt obtained at the Auditor’s Office. You may also be able to obtain this information via their web page.
2) A certified copy of the deed which can be obtained at the Recorder’s office.
3) A payoff statement, Form 1098, or settlement statement, to support the balance owed.

Bonds can be posted with licensed sureties (bail bondsmen) that are registered with the Hamilton County Clerk of Courts.

On all bonds, we require some form of proper identification, as well as additional money for state fees.
 
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