While awaiting trial, you may have the option to post bail for release from custody pending the trial.
The amount of bail varies based on the offense and the judge’s decision. If you get to post bail, ensure you understand how it works and the repercussions of not following rules associated with being out on a bail.
1. How does bail work?
If the judge sets a bail amount for you, you have three options to post it. They include cash bail, a bail bond or a property bond. Bail bonds have become the most prevalent option, especially for a high-dollar bail amount. A bail bondsman posts the amount, which you have to pay back at a premium percentage.
2. What happens if I miss a court date?
While on bail, avoid missing a court date. If you do, you forfeit the bail paid. When you have used a bail bondsman company, it also loses its money and has the right to take legal action against you to get its money back. Missing a court date also means facing an arrest warrant and remaining in jail pending trial.
3. What should I avoid doing while on bail?
Avoid consuming drugs or alcohol. Depending on your situation, you may have to take random drug tests. Carefully consider who you associate with. If you find yourself involved and charged in another crime while on bail, that spells serious trouble. The Damon Allen Act, signed into Texas law in 2021, prohibits you from another bond release without a cash payment.
You may not automatically get the option for bail. Keeping a low profile and continuing to work while on bail may help your case.