Q May a municipality place cash appearance bonds from misdemeanants in the municipality’s general fund? If so, what process must be followed prior to doing so?

A No, section 89-12-14, part of The Uniform Disposition of Unclaimed Property Act, sets forth procedures for the disposition of abandoned intangible property, including monies held by local government. Those procedures must be followed in the disposition of cash appearance bonds and other intangible property. (Attorney General’s Opinion to Murdock, June 19, 2015)