Bond (or Bail, or Bail Bond) is an obligation signed by a defendant to temporarily allow their release from jail, to assure their appearance in court, and to follow all conditions of release. This obligation means that the defendant or another person may lose money by not properly appearing for all court appearances. Bail/Bond is ordered and refunded according to state statute and judicial order. "Bail" and "bond" are often used interchangeably.
There are several types of bonds. The most common include:
- Cash bond: Money is posted with the Jail or Court.
- Signature bond: The defendant signs his/her promise to return to court.
- Co-signature bond: The defendant and another person signs the promise to return to court.
If the defendant does not return for their court date a warrant will be issued, an additional charge for bail jumping may be added, and the bond may also be forfeited. Conditions of Bail/Bond include, but are not limited to:
- Defendant shall appear on all court dates.
- Defendant shall give written notice to the Clerk of Court within 48 hours of any change of address or telephone number.
- Defendant shall not commit any crime.
- Defendant shall neither directly, nor indirectly threaten, harass, intimidate or otherwise interfere with victims or witnesses in this action.
- Defendant shall comply with any other condition as ordered by the court.
Any person posting cash for a defendant’s release should carefully read the Offsite NOTICE TO ALL PARTIES POSTING CASH BOND.
Please be aware: Any Cash bond posted can and will be used to pay the Defendant’s Restitution, Fines, Fees, or Court Costs without further notice per Wisconsin Statutes.
Bail/Bond is ordered and refunded according to state statute and judicial order. If bond is to be returned a refund will be made:
- After the disposition of the case,
- To the person who put the Bail/Bond on deposit, and
- Within 4-6 weeks,
- All bail/bond refunds will be refunded by US Mail.
Please note that any restitution, fines, forfeitures, or costs imposed against a defendant can and will be paid out of the bond/bail posted without further notice. BOND CAN BE USED TO PAY ANY OUTSTANDING FINE OWED BY THE DEFENDANT. We strongly recommend any party posting bond to carefully read review the PDF Notice to All Parties Posting Cash Bond BEFORE posting bond/bail.