Being arrested and charged with a crime is scary and stressful. In America, everyone is considered innocent until proven guilty. It’s important for the accused to defend themselves against criminal charges to avoid a conviction, but first they need to get released from custody. To be released in Texas, a person must post bail. Here are some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS) you may have regarding the Seguin bail bonds process:
Can I Bail Myself Out of Jail in Texas?
You legally can if you have the cash or credit funds to bail yourself out of jail. Keep in mind that you’ll have to pay the full amount of the bond in cash or credit. Unlike a bail bondsman who only requires a percentage plus collateral, you’ll pay the entire bond in full.
Who Can Bail Someone Out of Jail?
Any legal adult with an up-to-date authorized identification is legally able to bail someone out of jail in Texas. There are no relationship requirements.
What Exactly Does a Bail Bondsman Do?
Essentially, the bail bondsman is fronting money to the court to get a defendant out of jail. A bondsman writes a promise to the court to ensure the defendant will attend required court appearances. If the defendant fails to show up, the bondsman attempts to locate the defendant and return him/her to jail. If he cannot locate the defendant, they become responsible for paying back the court if the defendant fails to appear.
How Can I Find Out the Bail Amount of an Inmate?
If you need to find out an inmate’s bond amount, you can either call the jail’s booking department or see if the inmate’s bond is available online. If the arrest occurred in Seguin, try contacting the Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Adult Detention Center or visit their site for more information on an inmate’s bond.
Do I Get My Money Back After The Case Is Over?
The bail bond premium is non-refundable. This fee is for the bail agent’s services and to ensure the defendant shows up to all required court appearances.
What If I Think The Defendant Isn’t Going To Show Up For Court After I Paid the Bail?
If you suspect the defendant will fail to show up for court, contact the bail bondsman as soon as possible to discuss your options. When a defendant fails to appear, the bond is recalled and in default. A bondsman can do things to help remedy this, but communication is critical as the length of time to act is limited and is typically determined by the court.
What Do Bondsmen Accept As Collateral?
There are various forms of acceptable bail collateral. Some examples include:
- Real Estate
- Credit Cards
- Bank Accounts
- Personal Credit
We’re here to help when you need to post a bail bond in Seguin, Texas. Contact our office today. We are available 24-hours a day, seven days a week.