BAIL BOND FAQS & DEFINITIONS


What is bail?

According to Article 17.01 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, "Bail" is the security given by the accused that he will appear and answer before the proper court the accusation brought against him, and includes a bail bond or a personal bond. The type of offense, the circumstances under which it was committed and the future safety of a victim of the alleged offense and the community are all considered when determining the bail amount.



What is a bail bond?

Bail bonds are posted to guarantee the appearance of a defendant in court. After an arrest, the defendant will appear before a judge and bail will be set. Bail must be posted in order for the defendant to be released from jail. For example, if the bail is set at $10,000, you must pay $10,000. If you can't afford to pay the full amount, then you need the services of an attorney or a bail bondsman. A bail bond company will charge you a fee, usually 10 percent of the total bail amount. However, bail bondsmen are NOT lawyers, so you will not receive the benefits of legal representation.



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