Posting bond is to assure the defendant’s appearance in court for a misdemeanor or felony case. Although “bond” or “bail” is usually an amount of money, it can also be the person’s guarantee or recognizance that he/she will appear. Conditions of bail can be imposed by the Judge, restricting and limiting contact with victims or witnesses, mandatory contact by the defendant with the court or a court-appointed agency, and various other conditions by order of the court.
Bail bonds may be posted during the hours below for someone who has been arrested and booked into jail. To post a bail bond, contact:
Sylvania Municipal Court
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
When court is closed:
City of Sylvania Police Division
Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Weekends – 7 a.m – 3 p.m.
In some instances (violent misdemeanors and felony charges), bail bonds are not set until the defendant has had his/her first appearance before a Judge. In cases where a bail bond has been set, you need to know which type of bond.
Types of Bonds
The bail bond is posted for the defendant by a professional bonding company for a fee. Bail bondsmen are listed in the yellow-paged section of the phone book. The court cannot recommend a bondsman to you.
The full amount of the bond set by the court must be paid either by cash or a certified check. If you are paying by certified check, it must be made payable to Sylvania Municipal Court. At the completion of the case, the full amount of the bail bond posted will be refunded in full (by check) to the person who is named as the bailor. If you are posting bond for someone, you must decide whose name the receipt will reflect. As a bailor, you will be asked for your complete name, address and phone number.
If ordered by the court, the amount of bond required to be posted is 10% of the total. (If bond is set at $3,000, the required cash deposit would be $300.) At the completion of the case, the amount refunded to the bailor is 10% less than the amount posted. If the amount posted was $300 (10% of $3,000), the court would keep $30 (10% of $300) and the refund check to the bailor would be $270.
Own Recognizance (O.R. Bond)
A recognizance bond requires the defendant to sign a recognizance form indicating that he/she will appear in court until the case is completed. Failure to appear after signing a recognizance bond is punishable by six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine, regardless of the outcome of the original charge.
A monitored own recognizance bond is ordered by the Judge and will require you to appear and be interviewed by Lucas County Pre-Trial Services located at 1100 Jefferson Ave., Toledo, 43624. You will be interviewed and then be required to make daily phone contact with that agency until the case is completed.
A supervised own recognizance bond is ordered by the Judge and will require you to appear and be interviewed by Lucas County Pre-Trial Services located at 1100 Jefferson Ave., Toledo, 43624. You will be interviewed and then be required to physically report in on a daily basis until the case is completed. All of the above bonds are subject to additional orders and conditions of the court. Upon a hearing, bonds may be revoked or amended by the court.