If you or someone you know has been arrested, you may be worried and have a lot of questions. One of the most common concerns is knowing how to get out of jail fast. In some cases, bail is set as a condition of release. Once it’s paid, the accused person can go home.
What Is Bail?
Bail is a guarantee that you will appear for future court dates. It’s a type of conditional pretrial release, meaning if you meet the conditions — like paying the bail and promising to appear in court — you can be released from jail.
The judge is solely responsible for setting the bail amount. Most states follow specific guidelines for bail amounts based on the crime committed. However, mitigating or aggravating factors can be considered to set bail lower or higher.
Once all court requirements have been fulfilled, the bail is refunded. If the defendant fails to appear, the bail may be forfeited, and a warrant may be issued for his or her arrest.
Since bail can be set at any amount, there are several ways to pay, or “post,” it. It can be paid with cash or a check, or with property worth the full amount, such as a car title or deed to a house.
In some cases, bail is far too expensive to pay in cash. Bail bonds exist for this reason. Bondsmen post the full bail amount in exchange for a nonrefundable service fee and sometimes additional collateral, such as a car title. Typically, 10 percent of the total bail amount is required in cash. It’s important to know that if the person out on bail fails to show up for court, any collateral provided can legally be repossessed by the bond company.
Conditions of Bail
In addition to posting bail, the defendant may be ordered to comply with other release conditions. Common requirements are to avoid alcohol, not leave the state, and obey all laws. If the defendant doesn’t comply with the conditions, the judge can choose to revoke bail and send him or her back to jail.
Regardless of what your bail circumstances are, it’s wise to go to a professional bail bondsman. The legal system can be difficult and overwhelming to navigate on your own. Gage Gandy Bail Bonds has been in business for more than 20 years and is extremely knowledgeable about the Texas court systems. We serve Brazos, Madison, and Grimes Counties, and our priority is to put your feet back on the street.