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.
Code of Criminal Procedure, Chapter 17, Article 17.01
A personal bond is when a person is released from jail on his or her own recognizance; a person is not required to pay any money to ensure their release. Example: A person’s bond is set at $3,000. The court believes the person is trustworthy and will return to court. The person will receive a personal bond and only a nominal fee is due at the time of release. If that person does not show up to court, the court will issue a bond forfeiture and the person is then responsible for $3,000.
A surety bond is when a person hires a bondsman. The person pays a percentage of their bond as a fee to the bondsman. The bondsman in turn posts the full amount of the bond to the court. Example: A person’s bond is $3,000. A person hires a bondsman and pays them 10% of the bond as their fee ($300).
A cash bond is when a person posts the full amount of the bail in cash. The cash is held by the court until the defendant appears at all of their court hearings and the case is concluded. Once the case is concluded, the bond amount is returned to the person (minus a small fee). Example: A person’s bond is $3,000. A person pays $3,000 in cash to the court and is released on bond. At the conclusion of their case, the court returns $3,000 to the person (minus a small fee).
The least expensive way to obtain bail is through a personal bond. Sometimes, this process can be lengthy. You can hire us. We have a jail release fee that will be applied to our fee to represent you in your criminal case. For more information, call us at (512) 278-0935