Posting Bond

When someone is arrested, it may be possible for them to be released from jail by posting bond as a guarantee that they will appear in Court on a later date. You can contact the jail’s booking department or the Kettering Municipal Court Clerk’s Office at 937-296-2461 to find out if it is possible to post bond on the charge and, if so, the amount of the bond. If bond is posted, the defendant will be released and given a court date to appear before the Judge.

Local Jail Contact Numbers:
Montgomery County Jail: 937-225-4160
Kettering Jail: 937-296-2563


The Kettering Municipal Court Judges have created a Bond Schedule outlining bond amounts required for most offenses heard in this Court. Bond is set individually by a Judge for all felony charges.

View Bond Schedule 

Types of Bond

Generally, Kettering Municipal Court Judges will allow one or more of the following types of bond to be posted:

Cash Bond:
The entire amount of bond set by the Judge must be posted for a cash bond. Once the case is completely disposed of, the person posting the bond can get their money back. Both cash and credit cards (Mastercard and Visa) are accepted for Cash Bonds.

Surety Bond:
A surety bond may be posted by a professional bonding company (bail bondsman) to guarantee that the defendant will appear in court.

O.R. Bond (Own Recognizance Bond):
The Judge may release a defendant on their own recognizance, which involves no bond money, but requires the defendant to guarantee that they will return for future Court appearances.

PLEASE NOTE: The Kettering Jail will accept all three types of bond listed above, however, you can post only Cash or Surety Bonds at the Montgomery County Jail.

Getting Bond Back

If you post bond for yourself or another person, you will be given a bond receipt. Hold onto this receipt. You will need it to get your money back once the case is disposed of—which means a decision or finding has been given, such as “guilty” or “not guilty”—or once you are in compliance with the Court's orders.

The person who posts the bond can choose to either receive a refund of their money or apply the bond to the defendant’s court costs and fines. In either case, the person who posted the bond must come to the Clerk’s Office with their bond receipt, driver’s license or photo I.D.—and credit card if one was used to post bond—to complete the transaction.

Forfeiting Bond

If a defendant fails to appear in Court, it is possible that the Judge may choose to forfeit the posted bond. In such cases, if you posted the bond for yourself, it will typically be forfeited immediately and you will receive a letter notifying you of the forfeiture. If you posted bond for someone else and they fail to appear, you will receive a notice alerting you that you have 20 days to bring the defendant before the Judge or your bond will be forfeited.