Dawson County Sheriff's Office

Bonding Process

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If an inmate is charged with a bondable offense, they reserve the right to seek bond for release. A bond can be established at any time. Bonding requires that surety be posted as good faith that the inmate will appear for their court date.

If you are released on bond and fail to appear for court, a bench warrant will most likely be established for your arrest. Individuals arrested for a bench warrant are not eligible for a bond. Additionally, the bondsman or person posting the security is held accountable for the full amount of the bond. Posting a bond can be accomplished in several ways. The following paragraphs briefly explain the different types of bonds available. In some cases, boding methods are restricted and/or not allowed.

Cash Bonds

Cash bonds are mainly utilized for minor traffic offenses of a minor nature, misdemeanor violations, and civil cases. In some cases, a cash bond may be accepted as a fine and substituted for a court appearance; however, it is your responsibility to make the necessary arrangements with the court.

Property Bonds

A property bond can be posted by persons owning real estate within Dawson County. Property bonds do not apply to automobiles, boats, industrial equipment, mobile homes, travel trailers, and/or similar property. These bonds require deeded property usually with some type of dwelling or structure, such as a residential home. Undeveloped property may be accepted if the existing equity, not the market value, is sufficient to meet the bonding standards. A homeowner desiring to post his/her property for someones bond must submit the following:

Photo identification is required for all sureties

Copy of the property bond application

Completed application of surety criminal bail bond

Certified copies of the warranty deed, which is available at the Clerk’s Office during weekdays. This copy must be stamped within the current week. A paid tax statement for the previous year and a copy of the current year tax assessment is required.

A copy of the mortgage statement showing the unpaid principal and interest owed on the mortgage. If the mortgage is paid in full, a letter documenting the loan has been satisfied is required.

A copy of the property insurance policy endorsement for improved property (i.e. homestead) showing that a property insurance policy is current and has been paid through the date of submission of the property bond application and affidavit.

Payment of a bond fee of $20.00 and a filing fee for the property lien.

An individual who posts a bond for inmate release must return to the Detention Center after the court date has been met or the case has been closed. The property owner must submit a copy of the Judgement/Court Document to the Sheriff's Office. Upon receipt of this documentation, the Sheriffs Office will begin the process of releasing the property lien.

Professional Bonding Companies

Professional bonding companies are available for hire; however, the bonding company must be a licensed business within Dawson County and registered with the Dawson County Sheriffs Office. Professional bonding companies provide bonding services for a fee. The fee for hiring a professional bonding company is non-refundable. Additionally, a bond company reserves the right to refuse service to anyone seeking a bond, and criteria for selecting customer varies from one company to another. Bonding companies are available 24 hours a day. All bonding companies registered with the Dawson County Sheriffs Office are located within the immediate vicinity of the Detention Center. A list of approved bonding companies and corresponding phone numbers is located in the inmate housing area and in the Detention Center lobby. Selecting a bonding company is the sole responsibility of the inmate, family, and/or friends. By law, employees of the Dawson County Sheriffs Office are strictly prohibited from recommending any particular bondsman.

Approved Bonds

A bond made from another facility to release an inmate from Dawson County Detention Center is called an "approved bond." Procedures for an approved bond are similar to procedures governing property bonds. The requirements for an approved bond are determined by the county issuing the bond. Specific instructions and/or restrictions imposed by the issuing county must be followed.

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