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How Is a Richardson Bail Bond Determined?

 Posted on October 31, 2018 in City Jails

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The Richardson Jail is located at 140 North Greenville Ave. If you end up here, one of two things will happen. You'll stay for the entire duration of your arrest and/or bonding period (class C misdemeanors only), or you'll be transferred to a county holding facility until those determinations can be made.

But what goes into determining your bond eligibility, and what should you do when/if bail is set? In the following article, we'll be examining the answers to these questions so if you or someone you love should ever need the 411 you'll have it. Let's go.

Key Stats About the Richardson Jail Facility

The Richardson Jail is located in the same area as the city's police department. Holding periods are short-term. They're not equipped to hold inmates for longer than 72 hours. To help speed along the process, the RPD will book you and set up an arraignment date at the municipal court nearby.

Your arraignment is a meeting with the judge to determine bond eligibility. Some probable disqualifying factors would include the following:

  • You've forfeited on a bond in the past (i.e., not shown up for the hearing date after being bonded out)
  • You have a history of violence or serious felonies
  • You are not a resident of the city or county (in this case, Dallas and Collin counties, which are the two markets Richardson serves)

Once eligibility has been determined, the judge will look at the appropriate amount.

What Can You Expect to Pay?

Each county in Texas follows a bond schedule that sets recommendations for bail depending on the nature and severity of the crime. These amounts are recommendations only. A judge may choose to raise or lower the amount, release you on your own recognizance, or determine you're ineligible altogether. That said, here's an idea of what you might pay based on the schedule for Dallas County, 2017.

  • Deadly weapon felonies: $25,000 minimum, up to $100,000
  • 1st Degree delivery, possession with intent, or manufacturing of illegal drugs: up to $100,000
  • Capital murder: $500,000

Let's take the $500,000 example. In this case, it's probable that a judge might deny bail at all. But if he or she chooses to allow it, you would need $50,000 just to post bond. That's an enormous amount of money for any one person to have on-hand.

But if you've been wrongfully accused of the crime, you will want to come up with that however possible. At Doc's Bail Bonds, we have the capability of posting bond on large amounts like this, then working with you or an agent acting on your behalf through flexible financing to make repayment not only possible but affordable (or as affordable as possible, given the situation).

Most people don't have to worry about amounts that large. It's definitely an extreme case. But it's helpful to know that your bondsman has got your back no matter what.

Why Pay the Bond?

Whether staying at the Richardson Jail or Dallas/Collin County Detention Centers, paying the bond is worthwhile because it allows you to get out of jail ASAP and get your affairs in order. You can square things with an employer, find the right attorney, and deal with family obligations in that period of time between release and your hearing date. We're ready to help you get there. Click here for more information on how we can get the process rolling.

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