Frequently Asked Questions about Bail Bonds
Bail Bond Services in Tarrant County, Texas
If you or a loved one has been arrested, you may need to post bail (also known as a “bail bond”) before you can be released from custody. But you may have no idea what a bail bond is or how it works. Here are answers to some basic questions about bail bonds. To learn more, or to obtain a bond, contact Bailey & Galyen by e-mail, or call us at 855-222-5707.
What is a bail bond?
A bail bond is a form of collateral, or financial guarantee, secured through a bail bondsman or attorney, designed to ensure that a person who has been charged and released will appear at all court dates. In Texas, attorneys are allowed to post bonds for their clients. This is known as an attorney bond.
What’s my out-of-pocket cost for a bail bond?
You will typically pay only a small percentage, usually 10-15 percent, of the full bond amount. This is a non-refundable fee that is charged for the bondsman to put up the full amount of the bond while your case is pending. At Bailey & Galyen, we apply this fee to your attorney fees in most cases. If you fail to appear in court and your bond is forfeited, you will be responsible to the bondsman for the full amount of the bond.
How does the process work?
When you are arrested, you will typically be taken to a police station for processing. Your bail bond cannot be arranged until the processing is complete, which may be a few hours. Once the amount of bail is set, you can contact an attorney or a bail bondsman to secure the bond. Attorney/bail bonds are ordinarily processed through the county sheriff’s office of the city in which a person is incarcerated.
What happens if you fail to appear as required by the court?
If you don’t show up as ordered, it’s called “skipping bail” and may result in the forfeiture of the bond.
If your absence is intentional or you refuse to appear or cooperate, however, anyone who guaranteed the bond can be sued for the full amount of the bond. For example, if you had a relative, friend, boss or other person put up the fee and sign on the bond, they will be financially responsible for the full amount of the bond. If they cannot pay, the bondsman must pay the full amount. The bondsman may also employ a fugitive recovery service to locate you and bring you into custody.
What if I have more questions?
We can answer all your questions about obtaining, posting or paying for a bail bond. Please call our office at 855-222-5707 or e-mail us to learn more. We provide services to people throughout Dallas and Tarrant Counties, Texas.