Monday, January 14, 2008

Bond Fees Bring Thousands to Upshur County

Upshur County has collected more than $8,000 in felony bond forfeitures, according to District Attorney Billy Byrd.

The money came from people who had been arrested for felony offenses and made bond, but did not appear at their hearings, Byrd said.

Byrd said his office asked all bondsmen to appear in 115th District Court on Dec. 19, and he was able to settle some of the cases.

The court collected a total of $8,389 in seven cases, with the money turned over to the county, he said.

Some of the money will cover court costs and the rest will be placed in the general revenue fund, he said.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

And in the same period, how many bond forfeitures have been paid by people signing on P.R. bonds? How many defendants, or personal sureties, have paid the face value of the bonds that the defendant has failed to appear on? If it's like the Denver area, none. What is the point of setting a dollar value on a P.R. bond, having a family member sign as well, and then letting the defendant FTA without any consequences? Wouldn't more of these people show up, or at the very least, see a consequence if they were made to pay as well, instead of unfairly ONKLY collecting money from bonding agents?