When you are arrested and charged with a crime, different scenarios can play out while your case is pending. Some people can pay their bail and are released from jail while their case proceeds. Others are released with no bail set at all. Some people cannot afford the bail set by the court, and they fear they might have to wait in jail until the resolution of their case. Fortunately, there are other options available in many cases, including a bond.
If you are arrested, immediately contact a San Marcos criminal defense lawyer for guidance on how to proceed.
In Texas, various types of criminal court bonds serve distinct purposes within the legal system. Here are the key types:
A cash bond requires the defendant or their representative to pay the full bail amount in cash. This provides assurance that the defendant will appear for court proceedings. If they do, the money is returned after the case concludes.
A surety bond involves three parties: the defendant, the court, and a bonding agent or company. The bonding agent provides a financial guarantee to the court, ensuring the defendant’s appearance. If the defendant fails to appear, the bonding company is responsible for the full bail amount.
Also known as “own recognizance” bonds, these are granted based on the defendant’s promise to appear in court without providing any financial security. PR bonds are typically reserved for low-risk individuals with strong ties to the community.
Property bonds allow a defendant to use real estate or personal property as collateral for their release. The property’s value must exceed the bail amount. If the defendant fails to appear, the court may place a lien on the property.
These bonds apply to federal cases and are issued by federal courts. They can be cash, surety, or property bonds. Federal bonds are typically more complex and stringent than those at the state level.
Instead of being taken into custody, a person who commits a minor offense may receive a citation and a court date. They’re released on their own recognizance, essentially promising to appear in court.
Issued by the federal government, these bonds allow non-citizens facing immigration-related charges to be released from detention while their case is pending. They ensure the individual appears for immigration proceedings.
If a defendant wishes to appeal a court decision, they may need to post an appeal bond. This guarantees that they’ll comply with the appellate court’s judgment.
Understanding these various types of criminal court bonds is crucial for defendants and their families, and our criminal defense lawyers can assist. We can help ensure compliance with the legal process and facilitate a smooth resolution of the case with the defendant out on bond whenever possible.
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