Saturday, May 27, 2017

THE LEGAL DIVISION WILL BE CLOSED ON MONDAY, MAY 29 IN OBSERVANCE OF MEMORIAL DAY!

THE TITLE DIVISION WILL BE CLOSED ON BOTH SATURDAY, MAY 27 AND MONDAY, MAY 29 IN OBSERVANCE OF MEMORIAL DAY!

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BOND INFORMATION

SETTING A BOND
Bond is set by the court that has jurisdiction for the community in which the defendant was arrested. The court files an entry setting bond in the Clerk of Courts office as part of the case's permanent record.


TYPES OF BONDS

Insurance Bond:  
An insurance bond must be posted by a surety agent certified by the Ohio Department of Insurance and registered in the Butler County Clerk of Courts office.

Property Bond
The following qualifications must be met to post a property bond: 

  1. The property must be located in Butler County.
  2. All property owners must be present to sign the bond.
  3. The property must be free of any liens or judgments.
  4. The property's value must be more than twice the bond amount, over and above all encumbrances.
  5. An attorney must file a notarized affidavit stating that the sufficiency for the property bond has been met.
  6. A copy of the deed to the property from the Butler County Recorder must be filed.
  7. A copy of the last tax statement from the Butler County Treasurer must be filed.

If the defendant does not keep all court appearances, the property may be forfeited by order of the court.

Own Recognizance Bond (O.R. Bond):
If the defendant does not appear in court on an O.R. bond, a new felony charge may be filed. If bond was property, the property may be forfeited. 

Cash Bond
Cash or a certified check are required tender for posting a cash bond.

10% Bond
A 10% bond allows the defendant to be released by posting 10% of the bond amount set by the court.

POSTING A BOND
Bonds may be posted in the Clerk of Courts office Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 p.m. Property bonds may only be posted during regular business hours. For after hours bonds, call the jail at (513) 785-1000.


ADDITIONAL COURT COST AND BAIL
Ohio law requires bond depositors to pay $85.00. These additional funds are not refunded if the defendant is found guilty.

RELEASING A BOND
To release any type of bond, the judge must file an order called an Entry Releasing Bond after the final judgment. Depending on the type of bond, additional release provisions may apply.

Insurance Bond
When the final judgment is filed, the bond's conditions are fulfilled and the bond is considered released.

Property Bond:  
When the final judgment is filed, the Clerk of Courts office will issue a completed Release of Lien form to the Butler County Recorder's Office to release the lien from the property.

Own Recognizance Bond (O.R. Bond)
Once the final judgment is filed in a criminal case, the conditions of an O.R. bond are considered met and the bond is released.

Cash Bond:  
When the final judgment is filed, the amount of a cash bond will be refunded to the depositor by ordinary mail.

10% Bond:  
When the final judgment is filed, the amount of the 10% Bond will be refunded to the depositor by ordinary mail. 

SURETY BAIL BOND AGENT REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS

In accordance with Section 3905.87 of the Ohio Revised Code:

(A) A surety bail bond agent shall not file a bond in any court of this state unless the agent is licensed and appointed under sections 3905.83 to 3905.95 of the Revised Code and has registered with the clerk of that court pursuant to division (B) of this section, if registration is required by the court.

(B) To register with a court, a surety bail bond agent shall file, with the clerk of the court, a copy of the agent’s surety bail bond license, a copy of the agent’s driver’s license or state identification card, and a certified copy of the surety bail bond agent’s appointment by power of attorney from each insurer that the surety bail bond agent represents. An agent shall renew the agent’s registration biennially by the first day of August of each odd-numbered year.

To register as a Surety Bail Bond Agent, print the registration form and submit it and the required documents in person to the Butler County Clerk of Courts office, 315 High Street, 5th Floor, Hamilton, Ohio 45011.

                            >>Surety Bail Bond Agent Registration Form



REGISTERED SURETY BAIL BOND AGENTS
The Surety Bail Bond Agents listed below are registered to file bonds with the Butler County Court of Common Pleas.  If a Surety Bail Bond Agent would like to request a change in the information posted, he or she should contact us.  Surety Bail Bond Agents are required by Ohio law to re-register by the first day of August of each odd numbered year.

A1 Bail Bonds
913 Sycamore Street
Cincinnati, OH  45202
Phone:  (513) 621-1555

AA All American Bail Bonds
317 E. 9th Street
Cincinnati, OH  45202
Phone:  513-333-0079

AA Castle Bail Bonds
20 W. Columbia Street
Springfield, OH  45502
Phone:  1-800-372-2245

A-1 Bail Bonds Inc.
4400 State Route 222, Suite D
Batavia, OH  45103
Phone:  513-732-1600

AA-Craven Bail Bonds
109 Fountain Avenue
Dayton, OH  45405
Phone:  937-228-2002

Aldridge Bail Bond Agency
912 Baker Street
Middletown, OH  45044
Phone:  513-422-1755

Always Available 24/7 Bail Bond
906 Main Street
Cincinnati, OH  45202
Phone:  513-481-8888

America Bonding Co. LLC
937-754-1400

American Bail Bonds
516 S. High Street
Columbus, OH  43215
Phone:  1-800-994-2663

BE Free Bail Bonds
725 East Avenue
Hamilton, OH  45011
Phone:  513-783-5245

Bob Shropshire Sons
806 Main Street
Cincinnati, OH  45202
Phone:  513-655-2024

Brenda’s Bail Bonds
32 N. Wilkinson Street
Dayton, OH  45402
Phone:  937-224-3744

Butch Hill Bailbonds
311 N. Clinton Street
Middletown, OH  45042
Phone:  513-424-0353

Charles J. Miller Bonding Inc.
191 E. Main Street
Batavia, OH  45103
Phone:  513-732-1600

Don’s Bail Bonds
246 High Street
Hamilton, OH  45011
Phone:  513-895-8942

Hamilton County Bail Bonds Agency
913 Sycamore Street
Cincinnati, OH  45202
Phone:  513-275-1212

John Craven General Agency Inc.
109 North Fountain Aenue
Springfield, OH  45502
Phone:  937-323-1001

R and K Bail Bonds
727 S. Erie Highway
Hamilton, OH  45013
Phone:  513-893-0405

T Bonds LLC
401 E. Erie Avenue
Lorain, OH  44052
Phone:  440-244-9255

Thomas E. Short and Co.
130 West Second Street, Suite 1636
Dayton, OH  45402
Phone:  1-800-801-6010

You Walk Bail Bond Agency Inc.
1709 Speilbusch, Suite 107
Toledo, OH  43624
Phone:  419-213-1500

Young & Whipple Bailbonds
756 Impala Place
Hamilton, OH  45013
Phone:  513-863-2309