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A bail bond is a promise from the bondsman to pay the sheriff a specified amount (the amount of the bail). If the defendant (person in jail) does not show up in court, all of the paperwork and liability is primarily assumed by the bail bond company. You pay the bondman a percentage of the bail amount to assume the responsibilities of paperwork, liability, bond forfeiture and re-arrest.

The bail bondsman charges a non-refundable fee to perform the paper work, legwork and “hassel” of getting your loved one out of jail, along with potentially having to pay the full amount of the bond should the defendant skip court or jump bond. The amount you will pay for the bail bond is a small percentage of what is actually “put up” with the sheriff to secure your loved ones release from jail.

Call us with your name and date of birth and we will verify that the warrant is active and determine if an amount of required bail has been set by the judge. We can arrange for you to surrender yourself and immediately thereafter submit a bail bond for your release. Surrendering is much better than being arrested at home, at your job, or on the street which will require a much longer period of time to get you out of jail than surrendering.

Our Bail Bond Company will provide courteous, prompt, personal attention to each and every person who calls, any one of our offices (we serve Dallas, Fort Worth, Mckinney, and Denton), for assistance or information, in a time of crisis. We realize how important it is to secure the release of a loved one who is being held in jail and who, in all likelihood, is all alone, frightened, and powerless.

Furthermore, we will provide bail bond services for a fair price and maintain our reputation as the Dallas and Fort Worth bonding company who stands behind the defendant from the time the bail bond is posted with the sheriff all the way to the completion of the case. We stand behind our mission and pledge to remain accountable to all those with whom we do business.

There are two ways in which a person may be released from custody.

  1. You can use a bondsman.
  2. You can post cash for the full amount of the bond with the court or jail.

When it comes to paying bail, just remember that you have options. Bail is decided during a bail trial. If the court does not fear that the defendant is a flight risk and is not a danger to the community, they will post a bail determined by the seriousness of the crime. After the bail amount has been decided, you need to figure out how to pay for it.

There are 2 types of bail that the court will generally accept: cash bail and surety bonds.

Cash Bail

Cash bail is the simplest way of paying for bail, however, it is not the most affordable. This is just where you pay the entire bail amount with cash that you have in savings. With this type of payment, you do not need to involve a bail bondsman. As mentioned before, this is not the most affordable way of paying bail. If you do not have the full amount of the bail in savings, it will not be possible for you to use this type of payment. You will need to look at other options in order to pay for the bail.

Surety Bonds

This is one of the most common types of bail bonds that bail bondsmen handle. For a surety bond, you only need to pay a percentage of the bond and some fees that need to be taken care of. Then, you will sign a pledge stating that the rest of the bond will be paid if the defendant does not appear in court. Depending on the defendant’s criminal record, this can easily be done through a bail bond agency.

No matter which option of payment you choose, just remember that when you pay for someone else’s bail, it is part of your responsibility to make sure that they arrive in court at the time of their trial. If they do not arrive, then you will be required to pay the entire bail, and you will not be able to receive back any of the payments made to the court. If you did pay for the bail with cash, you will lose the entire payment.

It is going to be difficult to bail your loved one out of jail without knowing where they are being held. You will need to do an inmate search in order to find where they are. Use the Texas Inmate Locator to do a search in the county where your loved one has been arrested. Once you have discovered where your loved one is being held, it is much easier to handle the rest of the bail process. If you have difficulty with your inmate search, we can help you find your loved one- just give us a call! (214.744.1414)

Texas Cash bonds

A cash bond is when the defendant’s friends or family must pay the full amount in cash to be released from jail.

Texas Surety bonds

A surety bond is also known as bail bond, which can be set at any amount. Most people can’t afford to pay the bail and will need the help from a professional bail bondsmen.

If you can’t afford the amount of the bail, you will need the assistance of a professional bail bondsman. You will pay a small fee, so they will pay the full amount of the bail. This is often the quickest, easiest and most reliable way to get your loved one out of jail and back home before their trial date.

We hope that you have a better understanding of how bail bonds can help your financial situation when a loved one needs to post bail. And as always, we would be happy to answer any of your questions or concerns.

  • The full name of the person who was arrested
  • Where is the person being held for custody (you should include the name of jail, city, and county)
  • The person’s booking number. You can find out this information by calling the correctional institution he/she is located in. If the number is not available, the bail agent will be able to get this at a later time.
  • What are the charges against the person
  • How much is the bail. Again, the bail bondsman can get this information when contacting the jail but if you know the amount, it will be easier for the bail bondsman to tell you the amount that it will cost to post bond and any requirements to get the person out of jail
  • Any other information abut his/her arrest that may be important

When you “post bail,” you are paying the amount that your bail was set at. Most bail bonds agents typically charge 10-15% of the full bond amount. This can be higher or lower depending on the circumstances and the location of the arrest. Different counties charge different administrative fees. You will not get this money back. You can also sign over collateral or property like a house, car, jewelry, or other goods that can help guarantee that the defendant will show up to court. Our bail agent will post the bond once the premium is paid. It can take a short time or as much as a few hours to process someone out of jail depending on how crowded the jail is.

After the person has been released they must show up for all court hearings and meet any conditions set by the court and bail agent. If the defendant fails to show up to court the bail agent must pay the court the full bond amount. When this happens of when the defendant violates the bail conditions the bail agent will locate the defendant and take them back to jail. So long as the defendant complies with the terms set by the bail agent and shows up for all court dates you won’t have anything to worry about regardless of whether the defendant is found innocent or guilty.

The paperwork we require takes 15-20 minutes. Usually it takes 2 to 4 hours to get out of the jail. If the holding facility is particularly “busy”, the hold time can be considerably longer. We will work as fast as possible on your bail bond.

At the Courthouse, offenses are prosecuted at the lowest level of Class B misdemeanors up to the highest level of First Degree felonies. Examples of the level of each type of offense and the possible ranges of punishment are as follows:

Class B Misdemeanor

  • Confinement for a term not to exceed 180 days in the county jail; and/or a fine not to exceed $2,000.
  • Example: DWI (Driving While Intoxicated), Criminal Trespass, Theft by Check $50 to $500, evading arrest or detention.

Class A Misdemeanor

  • Confinement for a term not to exceed one year in county jail; and/or a fine not to exceed $4,000
  • Examples: a second DWI, Assault, Burglary of a Vehicle, Unlawfully Carrying a Weapon.

State Jail Felony

  • Confinement for a term from 180 days to two years in a state jail; and/or a fine not to exceed 4,000.
  • Example: Credit Card Abuse, Unauthorized use of a Motor Vehicle, Reckless Injury to a Child.

Third Degree Felony

  • Confinement for a term from two to ten years in prison; and an optional fine not to exceed $10,000.
  • Example: a third DWI, Indecency with a Child, Kidnapping, Possession of a Firearm by a Felon.

Second Degree Felony

  • confinement for a term from two to twenty years in prison; and an optional fine not to exceed $10,000.
  • Example: Aggravated Assault or Kidnapping (if the victim is released unharmed), Arson, Robbery, Sexual Assault.

First Degree Felony

  • confinement for life or a term from five to ninety-nine years in prison; and an optional fine not to exceed $10,000.
  • Example: Murder, Aggravated Kidnapping, Robbery or Sexual Assault.

Capital Felony

  • Punishment in prison for life or death penalty. If the State does not seek the death penalty, upon conviction, an automatic life sentence is imposed.
  • Where the State seeks the death penalty, upon conviction, the jury must answer questions which may result in either a sentence of life imprisonment or the death sentence.
  • Example: Murder during the commission of another felony such as kidnapping, rape or robbery.

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