Houston, TX asked in Criminal Law for Texas

Q: Can someone explain to me how a bondsman works?

Do I go to them and they take care of everything, or do I have to file something with the court?

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Jodi Soyars
Jodi Soyars
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: A bondsman helps you post bond so you don't have to wait in jail during the pendent of your case. If you have ano active warrant out for your arrest, call a bondsman and find out what the bond amount is set at and what their price is to post the bond for you. Industry standard is generally 10%. So on a $1000 bond you would pay the bondsman approx. $100 and they would help you bail out. Rates can be higher if you are a flight risk or there are other circumstances that warrant a higher rate.

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