A bond is a legally binding document that a defendant signs, and serves to guarantee an appearance in Court. In order to be released from custody, a specified amount of money is posted, and a bond form is completed which indicates a return date and time for a court appearance. Failure to appear in Court at the date and time indicated could cause a forfeiture of the bond posted, and another arrest warrant being issued.
Cash and surety (professional) bonds are the only types of bonds the Thornton Municipal Court accepts. Both types of bonds may be posted at the Court office during normal business hours Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Cash bonds may be paid by cash, cashier’s check, money order or certified funds. Personal checks will not be accepted.
A bond may be posted only for someone in the Thornton Police Department’s custody, or for someone appearing at the court specialist’s window. When the person is in custody at another agency, the bond must be posted at that agency since the bond requires the person’s signature.