Texas bail bonding is not the same in every county. The Texas Department of Insurance does not regulate in all counties of Texas. With that being said in the counties that are not regulated you want to know when you need a bail bonding where to turn to. We are here for you and your family. Providing the knowledge and guidance through these difficult times prior to your court appearance. You don’t have to stay incarcerated during before your hearing. Let us help you take the steps needed for release. We understand that financially bail bonding can be an overwhelming amount of money, know that you can count on us for the extra financial support. Providing you and your family with financial help to obtain release is what we do.
Understanding what bail is can be complicated as it is different in the state of Texas. Bail is the amount of money that must be paid in order to have release from custody or current incarceration prior to a court hearing. The amount paid is the guarantee that you will appear in court on the set date. Usually the amount for bail is substantial and most people do not have those funds readily available. That’s wear bail bonding comes in to help. In Texas bail bonding can get confusing and hopefully we can help you make the right decision. Only counties that have a population over 110,000 are regulated by a Count Bail Bond Board or CBBB.
Smaller counties can on an optional basis be regulated by a board but are usually regulated by the sheriff or a designee. For counties that do not have a CBBB the bail bondsman must comply with the regulations that are set in place by that county’s sheriff or designee (someone from the sheriff’s office who must be sheriff’s administrator, deputy sheriff or at the rank of least sergeant). Since there is no set price for bail bonds in Texas the amount is determined by the county’s regulations and by in accordance to Chapter 17.04 of Texas Occupation Code. Typically the fee or premium is around ten percent but that’s not always the case. That can be dependant on the judge’s rulings. Just like the terms of release for a defendant.
Conditions for release in Texas
- Defendant must maintain or actively seek employment
- Begin or maintain educational program
- Surrender passport and Obey travel restrictions
- Avoid contact with victim and witness if any
- Check in regularly with law enforcement
- Not possess any weapons
- Do not consume alcohol or drugs
- Do not commit any other crimes
- Follow curfew.
Each of the conditions of release are determined by judge and are subject to change. Your terms may not be the same terms as another person. Now in order to be released from custody bail must be posted. There are different ways to post bail. We strive for your release as soon as possible. Occasionally, there can be a set time for you to be held in custody. It is dependant on the reason for the arrest for example if defendant was arrested while intoxicated the defendant may have a twentyfour or forty eight hour hold. Different types of ways to post bond are as follows:
- Release on One’s Own Recognizance(R.O.R. or O.R.)- Simply means that you can be released without the motivation of bail. This type of release is based on the judge and of course the seriousness of the crime. As long as the judge feels you are trustworthy enough to return to the set court date without the need for bail you can be released on R.O.R. * Bail bonding is not needed for this type of release
- Surety on the Bond-Means that ten percent of the total bond is paid to the court and can be paid by the defendant, defendant’s family or friends. As long as the court appearance is made by the defendant than the ten percent will be returned and if not the court will issue a warrant for arrest on the defendant.
- Property Bond- This happens when a piece of property that is equal to one hundred fifty percent to two hundred percent of the actual bail amount. If the accused does not show up for court then the property is ceeded by the court and then the property is then sold. This kind of bonding is usually done by family or friends of the defendant. Once the defendant appears in court for all appearances then the the obligation of property is released. There are also usually fees that are non refundable to the family or friends posting the property as bail.
- Bail Bonding (Surety Bond)- A usual ten percent fee (subject to change in areas of Texas) is bail to a bail bondsman. The bail bondsman takes the money to court and takes responsibility for the defendant to appear in court by taking the responsibility of the debt. The defendant themselves, family, or friends can pay the bail bondsman fee. That fee is not refundable upon the defendant’s court appearance. The fee is the bail bondsman fee which is the initial payment for using a bail bondsmen. If the defendant does not appear for court the bail bondsman may hire a bounty hunter to track down the defendant and bring the defendant to court. Bail bondsman can then sue for the amount that they had paid to the court for the defendant. Since the defendant was then brought to the courts for an appearance. Show up to the court date to save from this type of hassle. If the defendant cannot for whatever reason show up the that scheduled court date, giving their bondsman advanced notice can help avoid the warrant for arrest. Bondsman are able to sometimes reschedule the defendants court date.
- College Station
- Corpus Christi
- El Paso
- Flower Mound
- Fort Worth
- Grand Prairie
- League City
- Missouri City
- New Braunfels
- North Richland Hills
- Port Arthur
- Round Rock
- San Angelo
- San Antonio
- Sugar Land
- Wichita Falls
Famous Texas Bail Bonds
The Lone Star State has a famous history for bail bonding well know celebrities. Some of the few on the list are Matthew McConaughey, Willie Nelson, Chace Crawford, Armie Hammer, Snoop Dogg, Randy Travis, and Fiona Apple. Most of these celebrity crimes involve possession of marijuana and alcohol related crimes. It is possible that some of these celebrities counted on bail bonding as a solution prior to their court. Not that they couldn’t afford the cost of bail but if not then a fee paid to the bondsman can be a discrete and cost effective solution. Since bail bonding can be confidential there is no way of know which celebrities did and did not use the bonding system.
Current News in Bail Bonds
Just this year on October 26th a meeting was held in Grapevine, Texas for Professional Bondsmen of Texas (also known as PBT). Pre-trial services to the bail industry was the topic of discussion during this meeting. A plan to eradicate the negative media and the correct the misinformed that the many non profit organizations were presenting were also discussed. The new President Glenn Meeker and Vice President Bo Jones got a sense of the politics associated with the titles. The next meeting is schedule January 2016.