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Inmate Bonds
A bond is something of value used to secure the release from jail of a person awaiting trial, on the condition that the person appears for court. If the person does not appear for court, the surety will be forfeited. Bond amounts are set by a Judge, not by the Sheriff. Georgia law, OCGA 17-6-15, provides the Sheriff authority to establish, publish, and regulate the guidelines and rules for bonding arrested individuals. The administration of this process is performed by the Bonding personnel of the Sheriff's Office.

There are multiple methods for obtaining the release of a person incarcerated in the Heard County Jail. They require a person to ensure the appearance of the arrested individual for all court appearances until adjudication. The ensuring or obligated person is known as the Surety. The person being released from custody is referred to as the Principal.

The Heard County Sheriff's Office offers the following bonding methods:
Cash Bond
Property Bond
Out of County Property Bond
Professional Bond
Cash Bond
A cash bond is cash in the full amount of the bond, which will be returned by the court to the Surety when the appearance requirements of the bond have been fulfilled. During normal business hours (M-F, 8AM-5PM), United States Postal Service (USPS) money orders or cashier checks drawn on local Heard County banks are required. After normal business hours, only USPS money orders or cash are accepted. Personal/business checks and credit cards are not accepted at any time.
Property Bond
A property bond is private property being offered as a guarantee for the Principal to  appear in court. The property MUST be located in Heard County, Georgia. Every individual listed on the warranty deed or tax receipt must be present to sign the related documents. The documents required for acceptance are: a warranty deed and current tax bill, with a quit claim deed if applicable; and photo identification issued by a government entity. These documents must be presented at the Heard County Jail by all individuals listed on the warranty deed or tax receipt.
Out of County Property Bond
An out of county property bond is like the typical property bond except the property being offered as a guarantee of the Principal's appearance is located outside of Heard County. The bond must be prepared by the Sheriff's Office of the county where the property is located. You must contact that Sheriff's Office for their requirements. The bond must then be delivered to the Heard County Jail in a sealed package bearing the other county's letterhead.
Professional Bond
A professional bond is posted by a company operating as a professional bonding company in Heard County. The company must be registered and authorized by the Heard County Sheriff's Office. Bonds from a licensed bonding company of another county are not acceptable. Any bonding company is subject to being suspended from operation under the rules published by the Sheriff.

Georgia law allows a professional bonding company to charge up to 15% for all bond amounts. This non-refundable fee is above the actual costs associated with "posting" the bond. A list of approved bonding companies is available upon request. Detention Officers are prohibited by law from making recommendations.



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Heard County Sheriff's Office
11820 HWY 100 N
Franklin, GA 30217
Phone: (706) 675-3329 Fax: (706) 675-0737

Heard County Sheriff's Office
11820 HWY 100 N
Franklin, GA 30217
Phone: (706) 675-3329 Fax: (706) 675-0737
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