How to Revoke Someone's Cash Bond

by Jule Pamplin ; Updated July 27, 2017

A jailed person can be released pending future hearings or appearances several ways. Posting a bond, or bail, is one way to satisfy the requirements for the court's provisional release. Those who post cash bonds pay the bail bondsman a sum of money to empower the them to secure the prisoner's release. If the accused person does not appear before the court or adhere to the conditions of the release, the bail can be forfeited and the bond vacated by the presiding judge. A person who suspects forfeiture of bond from the person they paid bail for can revoke the cash bond to absolve themselves of the financial responsibility.

Step 1

Contact the bail bondsmen who was instrumental in securing the accused person's release through bail. Provide identification proving that you paid the cash bond to have the accused person released. You may not have the luxury of dealing directly with the bail bondsman but rather a member of the bail company's staff.

Step 2

Provide information to the bail bondsman or other staff member your motivation for having the bond revoked. In some states you will need to have a documented reason for revoking a bond. Reasons include a demonstrated flight risk, use of illegal drugs, illegal activity or breaking any of the agreements included in the order of release.

Step 3

Allow the bail bondsman to act on your information. You cannot force the bondsman or the court to vacate the bail agreement. Call the police to report a current crime being committed by the accused person. If she or he is arrested and remains in custody through the required court appearance, the bond will be secure. According to bail bondsman Tonya Page-Rynerson, a person arrested while out on bond poses a "more legitimate reason to revoke the first bond. Or perhaps the court would have refused to release him a second time."

Step 4

Forfeit the bail fee that was paid to the bail bondsman. The bail is comprised of the bail fee and the remaining principle. A bail amount usually carries a 10 percent fee. Example: a bail set at $100,000 will have a fee amount of $10,000. If the cash bond is revoked, the fee is not refundable.

About the Author

Jule Pamplin has been a copywriter for more than seven years. As a financial sales consultant, Pamplin produced sales copy for two of the largest banks in the United States. He attended Carnegie-Mellon University, winning a meritorious scholarship for the Careers in Applied Science and Technology program, and later served in the 1st Tank Battalion of the U.S. Marine Corps.