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Bail and Bonds

If the court has set bail in an inmate’s case, the inmate may be bailed out seven days per week, twenty-four hours per day, including holidays.

Bail for an inmate can be paid one (1) of three (3) ways: 

  • In person at Dutchess County Jail
  • Online 
  • By phone

Bail paid in person must be paid in its entirety via cash (U.S. Currency) or credit card. Checks will not be accepted! 

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A division of the Dutchess County Sheriff's Office

Bail Procedure

All bail money paid will be held at the court until the case has concluded. The receipt should be retained until the conclusion of the court proceedings. At the conclusion of all court proceedings, the receipt must be presented to the court so that the money can be refunded. Money will only be refunded to the name of the person listed on the bail receipt. The court may deduct any fines and/or fees before returning the money. If the receipt is misplaced prior to the conclusion of the court proceedings, a duplicate copy of the receipt may be obtained by contacting the business office between the hours of 8:30am - 2:30pm.

Bond Procedure

A bond may ONLY be obtained by contacting a bail bondsmen company. Bonds are not issued from this facility. Money paid to bail bondsmen in order to obtain a bond will be a percentage of the bond amount set by the judge. Once money is paid to the bail bondsmen, the bail bondsmen will deliver the bond to a judge and obtain a release order from the judge. The bail bondsmen will deliver the release order to the jail. If the release order does not include all the required information or the correct information, it will not be accepted and the inmate will not be released. There will NOT be a receipt given for an accepted release order from this facility. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a bail, bond and a release order?

Once a defendant is charged with a crime, a bail and a bond is set by a judge. Typically, the bail is lower than the bond. A bail is a payment made to the facility of the entire amount set by the judge. A bond is a document that is received through a bail bondsman company. This bond is given to a judge by the bail bondsman in exchange for a release order from the judge, granting an inmate's release.

How much is my loved one’s bail and bond?

You can find the bail and bond for an inmate by calling the facility directly. 

How do I find a bail bondsman company?

There are many companies that offer bond services. Searching the internet is a great way to obtain this service. This facility accepts bonds from all bail bondsman companies.

When can I come to post a bail or bond for an inmate?

Bail and release orders are accepted seven (7) days a week, twenty-four (24) hours a day, including holidays. Bonds are not accepted at this facility.

Can I post bail or bond for someone that has no bail or bond?

No. If an inmate does not have a specified amount of bail or bond set by the judge, they do not have the option to be released by bail or bond. This means the judge has legally authorized this facility to keep the inmate in our custody until the next court appearance. 

Can I post bail or bond for someone who has a civil charge?

Yes, you can post a bail for an inmate with a civil charge, however; bail money posted as a result of a civil charge such as a family court proceeding will not be eligible for a refund at the conclusion of the court proceeding. Bonds however, are not accepted as a form of payment for a civil charge.

Is there a fee to bail or bond an inmate out of jail?

When using cash in person, there is no fee. When using a credit card in person or paying via remote bail, a third party bail company is used. There is a fee for using this third party. Any fees associated with the bail payment will not be applied towards the total amount of the bail. All bail paid using this third party will be subject to their restrictions, terms and conditions. Any questions pertaining to fees associated with a bond should be directed to your bail bondsman company.

Can I pay a bail or bond using a split payment?

Yes. When paying a bail, you have the option to split the payment. A combination of cash and a credit card or multiple credit cards can be used. When using cash and a credit card, the credit card portion must be processed through the third party company first, then the cash will be accepted for the remaining balance. Again, any fees associated with the bail payment will not be applied towards the total amount of the bail. All bail paid using the third party will be subject to their restrictions, terms and conditions. Any questions pertaining to payment options for a bond should be directed to your bail bondsman company.

Can I get a refund for the bail that I posted? Can I get the bond back and return it to the company?

Once accepted, bail money is NOT refundable by this facility and a bond cannot be returned.

Can I bail or bond someone out if they have more than one (1) open charge?

Yes. However, the inmate will not be released until the bail is paid or a bond is secured for ALL charges. Please be sure to verify all open charges currently associated with the inmate BEFORE posting any bail or securing any bond.

Can I bail or bond someone out if they have a warrant?

If an inmate has a warrant from another agency in addition to their current charge, they may not be released by this facility, even if bail money is paid or a bond is secured for their current charge. 

How long is the release process?

There is no set amount of time. The amount of time for an inmate to be released depends on many factors such as bail or bond processing, release paperwork, computer work, property verification, time of the day and where the inmate is currently housed. 

I posted bail (or secured a bond) for an inmate, why isn’t the inmate released?

It may be possible that the inmate has more than one (1) open charge or an active warrant with another agency.