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Bond Solicitation Alert

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 proper delivery. 

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.  

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