A bond is the amount of money set by a judge or magistrate, required to be paid or agreed upon prior to releasing a defendant from jail before his or her court date. There are three types of bonds: personal, surety, and cash.

  1. Personal Bond

A personal bond is a sworn agreement from the defendant in a criminal case whereby they promise to return to court as ordered and to comply with the conditions set out in the personal bond, as part of their release from jail. No money is required at the time the inmate is released from jail. However, the defendant is required to pay an administrative fee of $20 or 3% of the entire bond amount within three days of their release from jail. This amount is required to be paid to Pretrial Services within 7 days of release, or the bond may be revoked. Our attorneys can help you, your friend or loved one to obtain a personal bond and obtain that person’s release from jail immediately. Please contact our office at 512.472.1580 to see how we can obtain their release as quickly as possible.

  1. Surety Bond

A surety bond is a bond posted by a bondsperson, who will most likely charge a fee for this service, and will almost always require collateral and co-signors to obtain a bond on your friend or loved one’s behalf.

  1. Cash Bond

A cash bond is the exact amount of money an inmate must pay before they can be released from jail. The full amount of that bond must be paid in full before that person may be released. The money is only returned to the defendant/inmate once the court case is completely over and a judge orders the money to be returned. Keep in mind that this money will be returned to the defendant, regardless of who actually paid the cash bond. If the charge is from Travis County, you can pay by cash, money order, or cashier’s check. If the charge is from another county, you can pay by money order, cashier’s check, or cash (in the exact amount). Our attorneys can help you post a cash bond to obtain your friend or loved one’s release immediately. Please contact our office at 512.472.1580 to see how we can obtain their release as quickly as possible.

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