Towns County
Sheriff's Office
Sheriff Chris Clinton
Inmate Bonding Procedures
Listed below are the procedures for bonding an arrested person out of the Towns County Detention Center.  A criminal bond is a
financial guarantee that the arrested person will appear in court on the specified date.  A BOND IS NOT A FINE.  A person
released on bond must appear before a judge to answer criminal charges.

Cash Bond
A cash bond may be posted by anyone.  The amount of cash is the amount of the bond, i.e., if the bond is $500.00, then
$500.00 CASH must be posted.  This cash will be returned to the person posting the money at the conclusion of the criminal
trial or plea.  When a cash bond is posted you must have the exact amount.  The Sheriff's Office DOES NOT MAKE CHANGE,
AND DOES NOT ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS OR CHECKS DRAWN ON PERSONAL OR BUSINESS ACCOUNTS. The Sheriff's Office
will accept POSTAL MONEY ORDERS ONLY, CASHIERS CHECKS AND CERTIFIED CHECKS.

Professional Bondsmen
A professional Bondsman is in the business of posting bonds for criminal charges.  The bondsman will charge a fee, usually 12%
of the bond amount under $10,000 and 15% of the bond amount over $10,000.  This fee is non-refundable.  A list of approved
bondsmen is located in the booking area of the Towns County Detention Center.  The Sheriff's Office WILL NOT recommend
one bondsman over another; please do not ask.  The bondsman you choose and the arrangements made are between you and
the professional bondsman.

Property Bond
A property bond may be posted by individuals who own property inside Towns County.  To post a property bond, you MUST
have your warranty deed; a current tax statement; a property appraisal report and all persons must be present whose names
appear on the deed.  In the case of the death of a named person on the deed, you MUST be able to show proof of the death (i.e.,
death certificate).  A QUIT CLAIM DEED may be accepted if accompanied with the original warranty deed and you are able to
show a line of ownership, (i.e., a divorce petition giving one party the entire claim to the property.)  YOU MUST HAVE TWICE
THE BOND AMOUNT PLUS THE $10,000.00 HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION IN CLEAR, UNENCUMBERED EQUITY IN THE
PROPERTY, (i.e., if the bond is $1,000.00 you must have $2,000.00 in equity, plus the $10,000.00 homestead exemption, for a
total of $12,000.00 of unencumbered equity.)

Other Requirements
The individual property owner must sign an affidavit indicating that he/she is the owner of said property.  

The individual property owner cannot require a fee in any amount or thing of value from the principal in return for signing said
bond.

A lien for the amount of the bond will be recorded against your property through the Office of the Clerk, conditioned upon the
appearance of the defendant as required by law and satisfying all other bond obligations.

At this time, Towns County Detention Center does not accept property bonds on property located in another county.
No property with second mortgages, tax or other liens is permitted for use to post property bonds.

Surrenders
If, after making a property bond, you change your mind, and want to get off the bond before the case has been settled:

a)        You must return the person you bonded out back to the Towns County Detention Center.

b)        You can surrender that person in open court to a Towns County Deputy Sheriff.

c)        You must obtain a commitment slip from the Towns County Detention Center, or the Deputy Sheriff on the person
you                         surrendered, and bring that slip to the Towns County Detention Center.
The files on the left have been corrupted and I'm working to restore
them.  In the meantime, if you have questions regarding bonding
procedures, please call the Sheriff's Office at 706/896-4444.  ~ Crystal