When an individual is arrested for a crime in Texas, they are taken to a local law enforcement station for booking. Once arrested and booked, the defendant has several options for release, including using a bail bond agent.
A bail bond’s purpose is to guarantee the appearance of a defendant in court at the times directed by the judge. The bail agent’s guarantee is made through a surety company, which acts as a safety back up.
For the service of a bail bond, the defendant is charged a premium, which is typically 10% of the entire amount of the bail bond. The cosigner or indemnitor, which is typically friends or family, takes full responsibility for the defendant’s appearance in court, and will often be asked to pledge collateral or security to guarantee the appearance.
By involving family and friends of a defendant and collateral, the bail agent can be reasonably assured that the defendant released on a surety bail bond will appear at all of court appearances.
If you have any questions about the bail bond process, we would be happy to answer them for you. Call us anytime at 800-727-2818.