Dallas County Bail Bonds vs Municipal Bonding
- There's always some confusion to how bail bonds work when dealing with multiple entities in the Dallas, Texas metropolitan area. An easy way to clear up a lot of this confusion is to think in terms of authority and jurisdiction. The Dallas County Sherriff's Department has jurisdiction over anything within the county limits. The individual city (municipal) police departments and their jails have jurisdiction over their specific city. All in all, the Sherriff's Department has authority to oversee it all. That's a little too much workload for one department to handle, though. To free up manpower and resources, the City of Dallas, TX handles Class C misdemeanor warrants and cases of public intoxication.
- Now that we've established the divide between the two arresting departments, it's time you understand what a bond is, what bail is, and more importantly, how to get someone out of the Dallas County Jail. For more information on bail bonds for the City of Dallas, Texas, visit:
How Bail Bonds Work
- When someone is arrested, they are booked into jail until a judge can see them. At that time, the judge will either let the person go on their own accord (signature bond), or bail will be set if the judge feels that the individual might be a slight flight-risk. In other words, the courts want to ensure that a person is going to show up for their court date. Charging a monetary sum in which the defendant gets back a majority of it once their final court date is finished, is a good way to ensure a person's appearance in court.
- The amount of bail that the judge sets is based on what is known as a "bond schedule." There are many resources online for this if you are curious. It is ultimately up to the judge or magistrate regarding how much the bail will be set at, but for the most part, they tend to stick to the schedule. You can find a mention of one at the following:
- In cases where an amount is set for bail, a person then has two options. They can have someone pay the full amount, in cash, to the jail or courthouse or they can hire a licensed bondsman to write what's known as a surety bond (bail bond).
- A bail bond is a type of insurance that is taken out on an individual ensuring that they go to court. When a bonding company gets involved as a third party, they take on some of the risk if in fact that person does not show up to court. To litigate some of this risk, a co-signer (in some cases two or three) is needed to sign the insurance policy. If the bail is set very high, then personal property will need to be put up as collateral. In other words, if the person skips out on court, the bonding agency can liquidate your collateral to pay for the bail.
- The Difference in How Bail Bonds Work in Dallas County vs Other Areas
- Dallas County, like many other counties in Texas, are a little different in bail bonds procedures. You don't actually have to go through a Dallas County bonding company specifically to get someone out of jail. You also have the option to use an attorney to write the bond for you. They charge the same amount (10%-20% of the bail) for the bond, but they may tack on a few additional fees for their 'hourly services.' They might also wave those fees if you show interest in hiring them on a retainer for the upcoming court date to fight the case.
- What we've found is there is a big difference between the bonding procedures in other states and with how bail bonds work in Dallas County, Texas. This main difference is the ability to hire an attorney versus a Dallas County bonding company specifically.
- Qualifying for a Bail Bond in Dallas, Texas
- In most counties and cities, you're going to need to have proof of income, a valid driver's license, and provide proof of residency. Here's a quick glance at some more of the requirements:
- When qualifying for a bail bond in Texas, you're going to need proof of income and residency. Typically, a recent utility bill serves as proof of residency and two recent pay stubs should suffice for proof of income. Furthermore, you're going to need to make a multiple of the bail bond. Every Texas bonding company is different, so you might want to call around if you don't think that you make enough. If this is the case with your partiuclar bonding company, you can also opt for a second co-signer on the bond. Here's a brief rundown on how the co-signing process works:
- After you find out if you've qualified or not, you can simply go in and get the bond signed. The bondsman will draw up the paperwork, take photos of the required documents, and have you sign the bond. He or she will sign it as well and will personally deliver it to the jail to get your friend or loved one released. Release times may vary depending on which jail the person is being detained in. Here's a spreadsheet to help you determine in which jail to look for them: