Texas Jail Release and Bonding Information
When arrested in Travis County, Texas for a misdemeanor or a felony, a bond will usually be set after arrest. Depending on the type of bond, there are various considerations that you must take into account. Following are general definitions and legal concepts with regard to bonding in Texas and knowing these ideas can help you get yourself or a loved one out of jail and perhaps even save you money. This is not legal advice and you should consult an attorney for further information.
Bond is set to assure the person charged or defendant will show for court hearings and trial. You have a right to bond under both the Texas and United States Constitutions. The right was considered so fundamental and important that it was placed in the Bill of Rights by our founders in the United States Constitution.
3 Types of Bonds
A cash bond is exactly what it sounds like. Once the court sets bond, the defendant can use cash to get out of jail while waiting for trial. So long as the defendant shows up to court and handles the criminal charge, the cash bond will be returned. A cash bond is an excellent legal option if you can afford the amount required.
A surety bond is a bond that is posted by a bail bondsperson. In this case, a defendant pays a percentage of the total bond amount to a third party that then posts the bond on behalf of the defendant. The payment made to the bondsperson is essentially a fee for the service and risk taken on by them and that money will never be recovered by the defendant whether you are acquitted or even if your case is dismissed. Many times before you call a bondsman, you might want to contact an attorney to see if you qualify for a personal bond.
A personal bond is a bond that allows the criminally charged to leave jail while waiting for trial on his or her character, standing in the community and likelihood to show up to future court proceedings. A personal bond is the defendant’s sworn agreement that he or she will return to court as ordered. No money is required excepting an administrative fee to the pretrial services office in your central Texas county.