How does bail work?
When a person is arrested for a criminal offense in the State of Texas, typically that person will be studied to a local law enforcement train station for booking, prior to incarceration in a place lock-up or county prison. Once caught and booked, the defendant has several options for release pending the conclusion of his or her case. Bail is designed to guarantee the looks of a accused in court at that time aimed by the judge.
What are the release options if someone is arrested?
You will find three basic release options available.
The three options are:
- Surety Bond
- Cash Bail
- Release on Own Recognizance (O.R.)
An alternative to cash bail is a surety connection. This process entails a contractual executing guaranteed by an accepted insurance provider having adequate property to satisfy the face value of the bond. The bail agent warranties to the courtroom that they can pay the connection forfeiture if a defendant fails to show up for their planned courtroom appearances. The bail agent’s warranty is manufactured through a surety company and/or by pledging property owned by the bail agent.
For this service, the accused is charged a premium. By involving the relatives and buddies of the accused, as well as through the acceptance of guarantee, the bail agent can be reasonably assured that the accused released on a surety bond can look at most of his/her courtroom appearances.
After this procedure is completed, the bail agent will post a bond for the entire bail amount, economically guaranteeing the defendant’s go back to court as scheduled.
With money on the line, the bail agent has a financial curiosity about supervising bailees and ensuring that they appear in court each and each time the court orders them to seem. If the defendant does not appear in court (skips), the bail agent has time and the financial incentive to get the accused and bring him/her to courtroom.
What is Cash Bail?
Cash bail means a person must supply the courtroom or jail the total amount of the bail in cash. The money will be kept by the courtroom until the accused appears at most of his/her courtroom cases and the case is concluded. Full cash bonds give a powerful incentive for the defendant to appear in court. If the defendant appears for all of his/her planned court appearances, the money bail should be returned.
What is Release on Own Recognizance (O.R.)
Another approach to release pending trial is through a pre-trial release program administered by the county or a law enforcement company. Usually, the employees of these programs interview defendants in custody and make recommendations to the court about the release of people on their own recognizance (i.e., without any financial security to guarantee the defendant’s come back).
The interview process is often conducted over calling, usually with little inquiry in to the defendant’s background. The interview process efforts to determine whether the detainee will probably appear in court. There is usually no verification of information provided by the defendant. Since no money, property, or bond is posted to secure the defendant’s appearance in court, he/she faces no personal financial hardship from the conscious decision not to appear in court.
How much does a bail connection (surety bond) cost?
In Texas, the bail high quality, or fee, is normally ten percent (at the mercy of a minimum premium and underwriting criteria) of the full bail amount. For example, if the bail amount is $10,000, the superior billed is $1,000.
How much of the high quality will I get back?
Typically the 10 percent premium is fully earned after the bail bond is posted with a jail or court. That’s how bail agents and their surety companies make their money and pay their expenses.
What is security of jail release?
Guarantee is anything of value used to financially secure a bail bond.
What can be used as collateral?
Some examples of collateral include bank cards, homes, cars, boats, jewelry, or digital equipment (you get the idea).
When will security be returned by my bondsman?
Guarantee is usually returned when the court has finished with the defendant’s case(s), exonerating the bail bond(s), so when all fees have been paid.
How long would it take to be released from prison?
There are two types of jails – city jails and county jails.
City jails are operated by city police departments and state jails are operated by the county sheriff. After a defendant is booked into a city jail (i.e., fingerprinted, photographed, warrants examined, etc.), it normally takes anywhere from quarter-hour to 1 one hour to be released on bail.
After a defendant is booked into a county jail, it often takes from 2 to 8 hours or more to a day to be released on bail. We wish we could speed up the procedure but the town and region jails operate at their own pace. Texas Bail Bonds will everything possible to expedite the defendant’s release. Why don’t we assure you we will be by your side every step of the way.