If arrested in the state of Texas, a judge will usually set bail. By paying the bail amount, you can be released from jail, generally on your own recognizance. The bail money is held until your court date to ensure that you show up. Most people are familiar with the idea of bail as a result of popular movies and TV shows, but did you know that there is more than one type of bail in Texas? There are several different options, and they all work a little bit differently.

Surety Bonds

These are the most common type of bail bonds in Texas. In this situation, you pay a percentage of the bail amount to a third-party bail bonds company. That company then pays the entire bail amount to the court. In most cases, your costs are about 10% of the total bond amount. So, if the judge set your bail at $30,000, you would pay a bail bonds company $3,000, and they would provide the rest of the money.

Property Bonds

For those who cannot afford to pay bail and who choose not to work with a bail bonds company, a property bond might be the best choice. In this situation, you use the deed to a home or other real estate as a guarantee that you will appear in court. If you do not appear on the court date, a lien for the entire bail amount will be placed on the title to the property. In most cases, the court will require any property used to be worth at least 150% the amount of bail set.

Attorney Bonds

While rarer than other types, attorney bonds can be beneficial. In this situation, your attorney attests that they represent you, and then they can post bail on your behalf without having to work with a bail bonds company or put up a deed to real estate.

Personal Recognizance Bonds

Also called PR bonds, these are only available if the court decides you are not a flight risk and base the decision on your previous criminal record and the charges you face. While you will not have to pay upfront, you will be monitored until the court date, and that monitoring usually comes at a cost.

Ultimately, bail bonds allow you to be released from jail until your court date. However, not all situations are the same. Contact the Blacknall Firm at 214-678-9111 to learn more.