Personal Bonds in Travis County FAQ

A short video about personal bonds

What is a personal bond?

It is a bond that releases someone from jail (without having to pay a bail bondsman or put up cash). It is provided by Travis County and must be approved by a judge. There is a small fee (usually between $20 and $150) that must be paid within 7 days after the release. The amount of the fee will be notated on a yellow coupon that is included in the release paperwork.

Can a defense attorney help get a personal bond if the judge doesn’t automatically approve one? Can they help get the bond approved faster?

Yes, a defense attorney can often convince a judge to reconsider a personal bond (by gathering more information about the situation). And an attorney can usually speed up the process (and get someone out of jail) much faster than they would without an attorney.

How do they decide who gets a personal bond?

Before the pandemic, there was a lengthy and complicated calculation to determine who was likely to show back up for court. For example, they were likely to give someone a personal bond if they had a job, lived in Travis County, and didn’t have too many prior arrests. Because of the virus, they are offering personal bonds much more freely. However, there are some situations (and types of cases) that they are not giving personal bonds.

What are the types of situations that would prevent a personal bond?

There are quite a few and they can be complicated. Call us and we will let you know whether to expect a personal bond or not.

Are there other ways to get out of jail?

Yes. You can hire a bail bondsman for approximately 10% of the bond amount (+ co-signers). This money is never returned. You can also pay the entire bond amount in cash. If you pay the entire bond amount to the Travis County Sheriff, it will be returned, minus a fee, when the case is over.

Should I talk to an attorney before I hire a bail bondsman?

Yes! An attorney can often convince a judge to minimize the bond conditions before release and also make the best arrangements for a future dismissal. A bail bondsman can’t negotiate with the judge.

I still have questions.

No problem. Give us a call – (512) 472-1113 – we’re happy to answer any questions. Or you can e-mail us.

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