{How does|So how exactly does} bail work?

When {an individual|a person} is arrested for a {crime|criminal offense} in the State of Texas, typically {that person|see your face} will {be taken|be studied} to {a local|an area} law enforcement {station|train station|place} for {booking|reservation}, prior to incarceration in a {station|train station|place} lock-up or county {jail|prison}. Once {arrested|caught|imprisoned} and booked, the {defendant|accused} has several options for release pending {the conclusion|the final outcome} of {his or her|his / her} case. Bail {is designed to|was created to} guarantee {the appearance|the looks} of a {defendant|accused} in court {at the time|at that time} {directed|aimed} by the judge.

What are {the release|the discharge} options if someone is arrested?

{There are|You will find|You can find|A couple of} three basic release {options available|possibilities}.

The three options are:

  • Surety Bond
  • Cash Bail
  • Release on Own Recognizance (O.R.)

{An alternative|An alternative solution} to cash bail is a surety {bond|relationship|connection}. This process {involves|entails|requires|consists of} a contractual {undertaking|starting|commencing|executing} {guaranteed|assured} by an {admitted|accepted} {insurance company|insurance provider} having adequate {assets|property|resources|possessions} to satisfy {the face|the facial skin} value of the {bond|relationship|connection}. The bail agent {guarantees|warranties} to the {court|courtroom} {that they will|that they can} pay the {bond|relationship|connection} forfeiture if a {defendant|accused} fails to {appear|show up} for their {scheduled|planned} {court|courtroom} appearances. The bail agent’s {guarantee|assurance|promise|warranty} {is made|is manufactured} through a surety company and/or by pledging property {owned|possessed} by the bail agent.

{For this|Because of this} service, the {defendant|accused} is charged {a premium|reduced}. By {involving the|relating to the} {family and friends|relatives and buddies} {of a|of the} {defendant|accused}, as well as through the acceptance of {collateral|security|guarantee}, the bail agent can be {reasonably|fairly} {assured|guaranteed} that the {defendant|accused} released {on a|on the} surety bond {will appear|can look} at {all of|most of} his/her {court|courtroom} appearances.

{After this|Following this} procedure is completed, the bail agent will post a bond for {the full|the entire} bail amount, {financially|economically} guaranteeing the defendant’s {return to|go back to} court as scheduled.

With money {on the line|at risk}, the bail agent has a financial {interest in|desire for|fascination with|curiosity about} supervising bailees and {ensuring that|making certain} they {appear in|come in} court each and {every time|each time} the court orders them {to appear|to seem}. If the {defendant|accused} does not {appear in|come in} {court|courtroom} (skips), the bail agent has time and the financial incentive {to find the|to get the} {defendant|accused} and bring him/her to {court|courtroom}.

What is Cash Bail?

Cash bail means a person must {give the|supply the} {court|courtroom} or jail {the total amount of|the quantity of} the bail in cash. {The cash|The money} will be {held|kept} by the {court|courtroom} until the {defendant|accused} appears at {all of|most of} his/her {court|courtroom} cases and {the case|the situation} is concluded. Full cash bonds {provide a|give a} powerful incentive for the {defendant|accused} {to appear in|to surface in} {court|courtroom}. If the {defendant|accused} appears for {all of|most of} his/her {scheduled|planned} {court|courtroom} appearances, {the cash|the money} bail should be {returned|came back}.

What is Release on Own Recognizance (O.R.)

Another {method of|approach to} release pending trial is through a pre-trial release program administered by the {county|region|state} or a {law enforcement|police} {agency|company}. Usually, the employees {of these|of the} programs interview defendants in custody and make {recommendations|suggestions} to the {court|courtroom} {regarding the|about the} release {of individuals|of people} {on their own|independently} recognizance (i.e., {without any|with no} financial security {to ensure the|to guarantee the} defendant’s {return|come back}).

The interview process is often conducted over {the telephone|calling}, usually with little inquiry {into the|in to the} defendant’s background. The interview process {attempts|efforts|tries} to determine {whether the|if the} detainee {is likely to|will probably} appear in {court|courtroom}. {There is|There is certainly} usually no {verification|confirmation} of information provided by the {defendant|accused}. Since no money, property, or {bond|relationship|connection} is {posted|published|submitted} to secure the defendant’s appearance in {court|courtroom}, he/she faces no personal {economic|financial} hardship from the conscious decision {not to|never to} appear in {court|courtroom}.

How much {does|will} a bail {bond|relationship|connection} (surety {bond|relationship|connection}) cost?

In Texas, the bail {premium|high quality|superior}, or fee, {is typically|is normally} {10 percent|ten percent} ({subject to|at the mercy of} a minimum {premium|high quality|superior} and underwriting criteria) of {the full|the entire} bail amount. {For example|For instance}, if the bail amount is $10,000, the {premium|high quality|superior} {charged|billed} is $1,000.

{How much|Just how much} of the {premium|high quality|superior} {will I|am i going to} get back?

Typically the {10 percent|ten percent} premium is {fully|completely} earned {once the|after the} bail bond is posted with a jail or court. {That is|That’s} how bail agents and their surety companies make their money and pay their {bills|expenses}.

What is {collateral|security|guarantee} of {bail|jail release|release}?

{Collateral|Security|Guarantee} is anything of value used to financially secure a bail {bond|relationship|connection}.

What can {be used|be utilized} as collateral?

{Some examples|A few examples} of collateral include {credit cards|bank cards}, {houses|homes}, cars, boats, jewelry, or {electronic|digital} equipment (you get {the idea|the theory}).

When will {collateral|security|guarantee} be returned by my bondsman?

{Collateral|Security|Guarantee} is usually returned when the {court|courtroom} has finished with the defendant’s case(s), exonerating the bail {bond|relationship|connection}(s), {and when|so when} all fees have been paid.

How long {does it|will it|can it|would it} {take to|try} be released from {jail|prison}?

{There are|You will find|You can find|A couple of} two types of jails – city jails and county jails.

City jails are operated by city {police|law enforcement} departments and {county|region|state} jails are operated by the {county|region|state} sheriff. After a {defendant|accused} is booked into a city {jail|prison} (i.e., fingerprinted, photographed, warrants {checked|examined}, etc.), it {typically takes|normally takes} anywhere from {15 minutes|quarter-hour|a quarter-hour} to 1 {1 hour|one hour} to be released on bail.

After a defendant is booked into a county jail, it {usually takes|often takes} {anywhere from|from} 2 to 8 hours {and up|or more} to {24 hours|a day} to be released on bail. We wish {we could|we’re able to} speed up {the process|the procedure} but {the city|the town} and {county|region|state} jails operate at their own {pace|speed}. Texas Bail Bonds {does|will} everything possible to expedite the defendant’s release. {Let us|Why don’t we} assure you {we will be|we are} {by your side|with you} every step of {the way|just how}.