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Posted 10/20/2017

How Do Bail Bonds Work in Texas?

How Do Bail Bonds Work in Texas?

If you’re charged with a crime in the state of Texas, you’ll be taken to a police station for booking, then locked up in either the station’s lock up or the county jail.

Once you’ve been arrested and booked, you’ll likely have the option for getting out on bail so that you can await the conclusion of your case in the comfort of your home, rather than in a cold cell.

Cash Bail

If you’re released on cash bail, that means you’ve given the jail or court your bail money in cash. The court then holds the cash until you appear before a judge and your case is tried.

The idea is that forking over the cash provides an incentive for you, as the defendant, to show up for your court date. If you meet all of your court appearance obligations, you’ll get the cash back.

Surety Bonds

If you don’t have the money on hand to make cash bail, you might be able to make a surety bond. This involves signing a contract with a bail bondsman, who then promises the court that he or she will pay your bond if you don’t appear for your scheduled court date.

The guarantee is made either by pledging property to the bail agent, or through a surety company. Often, family or friends of the defendant become involved, offering their own property as surety that the defendant will appear in court.

The bail agent is then responsible for making sure the defendant appears in court.

Experienced Defense Attorney in Fort Worth

If you’ve been charged with a crime in Texas, it’s important that you have an experienced legal team on your side that can help you defend yourself. The Law Offices of Jeff C. Kennedy can make sure that you retain your rights throughout the process and get the best possible outcome.

To set up a free, confidential consultation with an experienced criminal defense lawyer, call us at 817-605-1010 or fill out the form on our website to get started.

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