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Texas Bail Reform Law Passes, Making it Harder for Some to Get Out of Jail

 Posted on October 22, 2021 in Legal News

Denton County bail bondsmanLawmakers in Texas have been considering a new law that would make changes to the state’s bail system, and after this bill was passed in September 2021, it was signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott. While this law will not affect everyone who has been arrested, it may play a significant role in many cases, and some people may have more difficulty posting bail and getting released from prison. Fortunately, a qualified bail agent can ensure that people who have been arrested are able to receive a bail bond that will allow them to get out of jail while their case is pending.

Details of the Bail Reform Law

One of the primary goals of the new law is to help avoid situations where violent offenders may be released and commit additional crimes that cause harm to the public. To address this issue, the law has eliminated the ability for judges to issue personal bonds for those who have been charged with violent crimes or who have been arrested for felony charges, misdemeanor assault, or firearm-related charges while out on bail for another charge. A personal bond allows a person to be released without making a cash payment, although other restrictions may be imposed, such as GPS monitoring or mandatory drug testing. 

Opponents of the bill believe that it will not actually reduce violent crime, but it will instead result in people who cannot afford to pay bail being forced to stay in prison until the conclusion of their criminal case. This issue is much more likely to affect Black people and other minorities, causing them and their families to experience difficulties as they remain in jail.

Other provisions of the bill will require a public safety reporting system to be created to ensure that magistrates have the proper information about a defendant’s personal history and criminal record when setting bail. While the law originally contained a provision that would not allow charitable organizations such as bail funds to post bail on other people’s behalf, lawmakers removed this restriction. Instead, these organizations will be required to receive certification as nonprofit organizations, and they must file reports providing information about the people they assist with paying bail.

Contact a Denton County Bail Bondsman

While this new law may lead to increased amounts of bail for some defendants, Doc’s Bail Bonds is committed to helping people find affordable solutions that will allow them to post bail and get out of jail as quickly as possible. Whether you need to pay bail following your own arrest or are looking to help a friend or family member who has been arrested, we will work with you to determine your best options, and we will provide you with assistance to ensure you meet all requirements during a criminal case. To get help with bail-related matters, contact our Collin County bail agents at 214-747-4110. We are available 24/7, and we can provide assistance no matter where you are located.

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