If you were incarcerated in New York City and want to get your bail money back, you’ll have to do it through the court system. Usually, you’ll be offered one of two options: you can post money bail or a commercial bond on the city’s Department of Corrections website. You’ll have to pay cash because the courts won’t accept credit cards or checks.
The court will hold the bail money until the case has concluded, so the bailor must be present for the final court session. The court will then refund the money in the name that was listed on the bail receipt. The court may deduct fines before returning your bail money. In this case, you’ll want to make sure that you make your court appearances and that you have all of your documents and photo ID on hand.
If you paid bail in cash, you’ll need to provide a copy of your bail receipt. It’s possible that you may lose the receipt for some reason. In such a case, you can use a photo ID to prove you’re the person who paid the cash bail. You can also present a notarized statement in the court if you’ve lost your receipt.
When you’re accused of a crime, the judge will determine whether you’re eligible for bail and discuss the different options. If you meet the criteria, you’ll be released from jail. If you’re not, you’ll be kept in jail until you can pay the bail amount and go to trial.