Clerk of the Circuit Court Stacy M. Butterfield, CPA
would like to inform Polk County citizens of a solicitation effort affecting
criminal cash bond depositors. While this solicitation is not illegal, it may
mislead customers to pay for information regarding bonds that can be reviewed
at no cost through Polk Records online.
Citizens in Polk County and throughout the state of
Florida may have needlessly paid private companies for forms and directions to
claim a cash bond refund. The Clerk’s office does not require specific forms to
discharge cash bonds, and the Clerk wants you to be aware of this unnecessary
solicitation before it reaches your mailbox.
A cash bond will be remitted at the conclusion of a criminal case upon
court order discharging the bond. The Clerk’s office will automatically receive
and process the court order and remit to the depositor in a reasonable time
based upon the information the depositor provided with the cash bond. All remaining funds will be remitted to the
cash depositor per Florida Statute 903.286(1). If the depositor changes addresses, they
should contact the Clerk’s Office with updated mailing information to ensure
A CASH BOND DEPOSITOR DOES NOT NEED TO SUBMIT A PARTICULAR
FORM TO REQUEST RETURN OF CASH BOND. THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR RETURN OF A CASH
BOND. THE CLERK AUTOMATICALLY RETURNS
THE REMAINING BALANCE OF A CASH BOND AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE CASE.