Before posting bond, be aware of the following:
- Bond must be posted in cash, cashier's check or by credit card.
- A surety bond may be used and obtained through a bondsman. The bondsman is then responsible for filing the proper paperwork with the court to insure the bond.
- If you post bond for a defendant, you may post bond at the jail or at the 48th District Court. You may only post bond for a case that is at the court where the case is held. We cannot accept payment of bond for cases held at other courts.
- If you post a bond for a defendant and that defendant fails to appear for court, your bond will be forfeited.
- If bond is posted by a 3rd party, bond will be returned after fines and costs are paid in full or, in some cases, not until the defendant is discharged from probation.
- If bond is posted by the defendant, it will be applied to fines and costs.
- If you are posting a 10% bond, unless the case is unconditionally discharged, the court will return 90% of the bond. The Court will retain 10% of the bond pursuant to Michigan Court Rule 6.106 (I)(1).
Example: Your bond is set at $1,000 with a 10% provision allowed. You would have to post $100. If the bond was returned to you, you would receive a check for $90 and the Court would retain $10.)
- If you have any questions or concerns regarding bond, or if you do not understand the procedure, you may contact the court at 248-647-1141.