If arrested for a crime and taken to jail until your case is heard, an experienced criminal defense attorney can get you out of jail until that time by paying a bail bond.
Bail bonds provide a way for those who have been arrested to leave the jail and continue to work and live their lives by promising to return to court on the date that has been specified.
Paying a bail bond requires having the money available to do it or turning to a defense lawyer for help seeing how most people do not have access to the amount required to cover the bond and its associated fees.
The state of Texas permits bail bonds to be paid in four different ways which will be explained by your criminal defense lawyer who will explain these options if you are permitted to be released on bail and finding the money is a challenge.
1. Surety Bonds
Surety bonds are the standard type of bond that most people think of when needing to pay bail and the type of bond used most often in Texas.
These bonds require the payment of usually around 10% of the bail to a third-party bond agent who will be located by your defense attorney.
The payment is made by cash or cashier’s check and acts as a down payment on the loan for the full bail amount.
When you show up to court on the required date, the down payment minus any fees incurred is returned.
2. Personal Recognizance Bonds
Another type of bond that may be used based on character reference and past criminal record that your defense lawyer will negotiate for is a personal recognizance bond.
This type of bond charges no actual money; however, you are required to report to a PR bond associate weekly to verify that you are staying in town and will appear for the scheduled court hearing.
Texas PR bonds do require the payment of a fee to the bond associate as payment for their service.
3. Property Bonds
If getting together enough cash for a surety bond is a problem, your criminal defense lawyer might also suggest looking into a property bond which involves using your home as collateral for payment.
These bonds are less common in Texas as the collateral must be 150% of the value of the entire bail amount, and the bonds must be set up by the court.
4. Attorney Bonds
The last type of bail bond you may qualify for is an attorney bond.
Texas permits criminal defense attorneys to post bonds for clients they are actively representing.
If the other types of bonds listed above either don't apply or there is no money to pay for a surety bond, your attorney is permitted to pay the bond so you can be released under the promise of returning to court at the date and time specified.
Attorneys Know About Bail Bonds
Bail is an insurance policy to the courts and arranged by criminal defense attorneys that promises you will return to face a judge about the charges.
Fortunately, most people can be released from jail until that time by paying a bail bond, a portion of the full bail amount with another promise to return with your lawyer on a specified date and time.
With four different types of bonds accepted in Texas, one of these will work for most people.
Find an experienced criminal defense lawyer and then talk to that attorney about all available options for posting bond.