Release on Bond
An inmates bond may have been set before or after they were processed into the jail. The amount of bond is determined by either the arresting officer or a Judge of the court. Inmate bond is not set by, nor can it be changed by, any officer of the jail. In cases where inmates are returned to jail for probation violations/revocations, failure to appear or writs of arrest, there is a chance that no bond will be set. After a hearing in front of the Judge, you may have a bond set.
There are three ways that you can make bond for an inmate:
Bonding Company–There are several professional bonding companies approved to sign bonds in Calhoun County. At the time of admission to the jail, an inmate may obtain the telephone number of a bondsman from the listing posted by the phone in the Booking Admitting area. The inmate or a member of their family may then negotiate with the bondsman in the matter of making bond. The Sheriff’s Office will not accept bonds signed by multiple bonding companies. Jail staff are prohibited from recommending a bondsman.
Property Bond– Property owners may use property they own or are buying as surety for a bond. Property owners in Calhoun County may bring their tax assessments to the Sheriff’s Office or Jail to sign the bond. The assessed value of the properties must equal or exceed the amount of the bonds. (The assessed value is 10% of the appraised value of the property.) Two people who own the same piece of property are counted as one property owner, and both must sign. You must have at least two property owners to sign a bond. If the property has a tax exemption, the property owners must sign an exemption waiver on the property. Once the bonds are signed and approved, the inmate may be released on bond.
NOTE: if the property of prospective assignees is located in another County, the bond(s) must be presented for approval to the Sheriff of that county, then presented to Calhoun County for approval.
Cash bond– A cash bond may posted for an inmate once they have been processed into the jail. The full amount of the bond must be taken to the appropriate court and a certificate of cash bond obtained and returned to the jail.
Bail Bond filing fee
Act 2012-535 effective June 21, 2012 mandates a $35.00 fee for each bond executed by the official executing the bond.
This fee must be submitted to the clerk of the court within 2 days of the bond approval or the surety may be found in contempt and fined no less than $500. A Bail Bond transmittal form must be attached to each bond indicating whether or not the fee is attached.