All bonding transactions will take place at the Visitor’s Center. There are three different options to bond someone out of the Charles B. Webster Detention Center:
1. Use a Professional Bonding Company: If you use a professional bonding company, they will charge you 12% to 15% of the total bond. That is the fee they charge for signing the bond and you will not get this money back. The bonding company can also require that you put up some type of collateral to cover the bond amount. There are four bonding companies that have been approved by Sheriff Roundtree to sign bonds in Richmond County.
2. Sign a Property Bond: To sign a property bond, you must own or be buying the property and it must be located in Richmond County. When you come to sign the bond you must bring that year’s tax assessment papers and a photo identification card. The only subject that can sign the bond is the subject whose name is on the tax assessment papers. The assessed value of your property must be enough to cover the bond in question, not the fair market value. Once the bonded subject is totally finished with his/her case, then your property will be released from that bond. If the bonded subject does not show up for his/her court date, a lien will be placed on that property.
There is a firearm exception which is as follows: If a person(s) uses, brandishes or discharges a firearm during the commission of a crime, the Sheriff exercises his right for stricter bond requirements. In this case, property owners pledging property will have to demonstrate that they have sufficient equity in the property to secure the bond amount. Proper documentation such as tax assessments, Title Searches, loan papers and others deemed necessary will be presented prior to the bond being secured.