What is a bail bond?

A bail bond or surety bond is simply a monetary guarantee that a person who has been charged with a crime will appear before the court when they are ordered. Bail is a service mandated through the Constitution of the United States and the State of Texas to allow people accused of crimes to remain free until their trial.

It is far easier for people accused of crimes to prepare their defense while out of custody, so bail is a benefit that allows people to ensure that when they have their day in court that they have all the information they need to protect themselves and their freedom. Studies show that people who cannot bail out tend to face harsher sentences. Once the bail amount is paid the accused person can leave jail, but with the promise of returning for their next court appearance.

If they fail to do so or “skip” bail, they forfeit the amount of money they paid to the court and further endanger their case and their freedom. Once a bond has been posted, the accused is released from custody until his court hearing. It is important to keep up with all court dates and comply with any pretrial bond conditions. Failure to comply with the pretrial conditions or appear in a timely manner to court can result in the bond getting revoked and a warrant being issued.