The majority of Texas offenders don’t spend long in jail. The state of Texas typically offers some type of bond for your release. A bond is a type of collateral for the courts. It’s a promise by you that you’ll attend all your upcoming court dates if you’re released on bail.
Not all crimes require a bond, but if yours does it’ll be told to you by your first appearance. You can pay your bond yourself or through a third-party bail bondsman. The amount of your bond will depend on a variety of factors including your economic status, the crime, and if you’re a flight risk.
If you or someone you know has been charged with a crime, it’s imperative you gain trusted legal representation.
Being released on bond can significantly affect your defense. You will be able to visit with your defense attorney privately to discuss your case. In addition, it’s much easier to collect any needed paperwork or evidence if you’re released on bail. If you or someone you know has been charged with an offense and given bail, it’s important you contact an attorney at [firm].
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Overview of Bail Bonds in Texas
The court will offer you one bond amount, but there are a variety of ways to pay it. Each has its own pros and cons, which you can evaluate with your defense attorney. Listed below are the three types of bonds you can post to be conditionally released from jail.
Your bond will be determined by your first appearance in court. A judge will review a variety of factors when determining your bond amount. Listed below are some of those factors.
It’s rare, but you could have been arrested without a warrant. Texas has different bond procedures for people arrested without a warrant. If the magistrate hasn’t determined probable cause, then they must follow the guidelines in Texas Code of Criminal Procedure § 17.033.
People arrested without a warrant must be given a bond. The bond cannot exceed $5,000 and must be determined within 24 hours of the arrest. If your crime was felony-level, then the bond cannot exceed $10,000 and must be determined within 48 hours. If you’re unable to financially pay the bond amount, then the court will release you on a personal bond.
Once your criminal trial is over, where does your bond money go? It depends on the type of bond you used for bail. A cash bond will be refunded to you in full once all the bond’s conditions are satisfied. The court may impose a non-refundable fee associated with the bond.
If you used a bail bonding company, then the company will be paid in full amount. They will then return the funds to you in exchange for 20 or 30 percent. It’s imperative you compensate a bail bonding company if you use one. Failure to pay could result in them filing a formal complaint and attesting for legal action.
Bonds serves as a type of insurance for you and the courts. It’s a promise you’ll attend all your upcoming court dates without question. If you don’t show up at court without a reasonable cause, then your bond will be forfeited. If you used a third-party company, then they will forfeit the amount they paid.
Texas Bail Rules – Visit the official website of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure to learn more about bail. Find more information about bonds, requisites for a bond, crimes that don’t allow bail and requirements for third-party bail bonding companies.
Bail Bound Board in Harris County – Visit the official website of Harris County to learn more about their Bail Bond Board. Access the site to learn more information about bonds, the upcoming agenda for the board, bail bond schedule, and approved bondsmen in Harris County.
If you or someone you know has been posted a bond out of your financial range, it’s important you gain legal counsel now. A skilled attorney can schedule a bond hearing to contest your bond amount.
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This article was last updated on March 8th, 2019.