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Top Mistakes To Avoid When Posting Bail in Texas

 Posted on September 08, 2023 in Bail Bonds

TX bailbondsmanPosting bail after being arrested in Texas involves complex legal processes and paperwork. Making missteps during the bail process can lead to forfeiting bail money, additional criminal charges, re-arrest, or delays in release from jail. Be aware of these common mistakes to avoid so that bail goes smoothly and how Texas bail bond agents can help.

Using an Unlicensed Bail Bondsman

In Texas, it is a criminal offense to act as a bail bondsman or post bail bonds without holding the required license from the Texas Department of Insurance. Always verify the bail bondsman you use is certified by searching the Texas Department of Insurance database before paying any bail fees. Using an unlicensed bondsman illegally puts you at serious risk of complications.

Providing False Information on Bail Paperwork

All information you provide on bail bonds and paperwork must be completely factual and accurate. Listing incorrect details about your identity, address, charges, criminal history, or other required information can get your bail revoked and also lead to new felony charges for providing false information to law enforcement. Take time to fully ensure all bail paperwork details are truthful before signing.

Using Prohibited Assets as Bail Collateral

Agreeing to pledge stolen property, proceeds from criminal acts, or any other prohibited assets as collateral for bail can result in immediate bond forfeiture and potential arrest for engaging in criminal behavior while out on bail. Additionally, allowing or enabling any illegal activity to take place on property used for bail collateral can void your bail. Do not use prohibited assets.

Departing Texas Without Court Permission

Your bail bond agreement requires you to remain in the state of Texas until your criminal case finishes unless you obtain specific written permission from the court and your bail bondsman to leave temporarily. Violating these bail terms means the bondsman can no longer reasonably guarantee your appearance at future court dates, voiding the protections of your bail. Get approval before any out-of-state travel.

Missing Your Scheduled Court Hearing

One of the most serious yet common mistakes is missing your bail’s scheduled court hearing date, which generally leads to immediate bail bond revocation and forfeiture along with re-arrest. Stay in close, proactive communication with your attorney and bail bondsman leading up to your court date to ensure you know exactly when and where you must appear. Never miss court.

Contact Texas Bail Bond Professionals

If you or someone you know needs help with bail bonds, Doc’s Bail Bonds is here to help. With guidance on your side, you can know which steps to take next. Contact our McKinney bail bonds team at 214-747-4110.

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