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How Do Bail Bonds Work?

How Bail Bonds Work in Texas:

Most people hope that they will never have to go through the process of getting a loved one out of jail and, because of this reason, most people do not understand the bail bond process. The following paragraphs are offered as a general guide to understanding. This information is not meant as legal advice and is only provided as information from Ronnie D. Long Bail Bonds.

So, what is a bail bond?

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 bondsman a percentage of the bail amount to assume the responsibilities of paperwork, liability, bond forfeiture and rearrests.

How long will it take to get someone out of jail?

The paperwork, on average, takes 15-20 minutes. Usually it takes two to four hours to get out of the average jail. If the holding facility is particularly “busy,” then the hold time can be considerably longer.

Do you get all your money back?

The bail bondsman charges a non-refundable fee to perform the paperwork, legwork and “hassle” 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 one's release from jail.

Courtroom Do's and Don’ts:

Any time you are to appear in court, you should dress as though you are going to a job interview. Men should wear pants and a shirt with a collar. A suit, jacket or tie is always appropriate. Women should wear a dress, skirt or pants that are not too tight, too short or low cut. It is never proper to wear shorts, T-shirts or sandals. Excessive makeup or jewelry should not be worn. In the courtroom itself, it is never proper to wear a hat, read a newspaper, eat or chew gum.

While it is important for a person charged with an offense to have family members and/or friends present for a trial or sentencing on a case, it is seldom, if ever, beneficial to have small children present. If there is a possibility that you may be arrested at the court or sentenced to jail time, then you should not bring children to the court unless you have someone to care for your child in the event that you are placed in jail. The court may actually contact CPS (Child Protective Services) to take the child into custody if a parent is going to jail.

Nothing stated herein should be construed or interpreted to grant rights or remedies not otherwise granted under federal or state law.

This information is provided as a public service by Ronnie D. Long Bail Bonds, serving Fort Worth and Tarrant County and is not intended as a substitute for legal advice or representation by a lawyer.