Just about every sort of criminal case resulting in someone being charged with a crime involves a bond in Texas. A class C misdemeanor ticket usually does not involve a bond but only a citation specifying a date, time and place to appear to answer for the accusation. Most Texas counties have more than enough bail bonds officing near the courthouses. Once someone is placed in jail they are entitled to a bond. The bond is sometimes preset depending on the level of offense. Other times a magistrate will come in at a set time, usually in the morning, and set each person’s bond based on the particular crime charged and circumstances surrounding it. The person can then call a bondsman to set up a bond or call another person to get in touch with a bondsman and begin the process of bonding a person out. This is usually before the person has had a chance to look for the best criminal defense lawyer that they can find.
Bondsman usually charge a flat ten percent fee of the amount of the bond. So a bond of $1,000 would require a $100 non-refundable payment to the bondsman. The bondsman acts as a surety to give the court assurance that a person will attend the court at the proper times. If a person decides not to attend the court hearings a bond revocation will occur and the bondsman will be held accountable for the full amount of the bond. They are usually very concerned in having up to date addresses of each of their clients. They also want their clients to appear in court each time in order to avoid having to be sued by the county and pay the full amount of the bond. The bondsman can turn and sue any co-signers but that it usually rare. Bond jumpers do happen and each county is slightly different in how they pursue charges on a case by case basis.