Dallas County Bails Bonds Information

Are you looking for assistance to get a loved one released from a Dallas County Jail?  Most people have never been through this process before and need help on how to proceed. Our office is here to help.

If you choose The Law Offices of Carl David Ceder, PLLC, as your the firm for your legal counsel, we can help facilitate a fast and reliable jail release. Not only will we be able to bond your loved one out of jail, we will do our best to do it quickly. Call our office now at 214.702.CARL (2275) for immediate assistance.

Getting Out of Jail in Dallas County

Title 1, Chapter 17 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure governs all bail bond law. Following a typical arrest, a suspect is "booked" or processed before a hearing occurs to determine conditions of bail. After booking or processing - which involves fingerprinting, photographing, etc. - you are usually given the opportunity to make a phone call before being placed in jail. In some cases, a suspect can immediately post bail and be released, but for more serious offenses a bail hearing could take up to 48 hours.

During the bail hearing, the type of bail and amount of bail will be decided, based on a set bail schedule and according to judge’s personal discretion. The judge will consider the seriousness of the alleged crime, past criminal history, the likelihood of showing up to court, ties to the community, whether there is a risk to yourself or others, etc. There are several ways in Dallas County you can post bail or "bond out" in order to get out of jail.

Our office can help make sure this process goes smoothly and take the worry out of the process for you. Call us now for all of your Dallas County Bail Bond needs.  With The Law Offices of Carl David Ceder, PLLC, you will have the reassurance of an experienced, diligent criminal defense attorney on your side. 

Dallas County is unique in that those with authority can simply fax in a surety form to facilitate the jail release process.  Carl can help get the process started simply by faxing in a surety form.  This literally ensures the fastest release possible and can be done without you having to even leave your home.

So how does this all work?

Here are the most commonly used terms in explaining the bail bond process:

Cash Bond

This means that the full amount of the bail is paid entirely in cash. 

Bail Bond Surety B​ond

Usually a friend or family member contacts a bail bondsman if the accused cannot afford to pay a cash bond. The name "surety" derives from the surety or insurance company that backs the bail bond agent. The fee is usually 10 % of the total bond amount, and in some types of cases collateral is required. 

If the defendant does not appear in court, or "skips bail" the bond company could lose the entire amount of the bond.  If this occurs, the friend or family member could lose their deposit and collateral. Usually before this happens the bond company will file an application with the court to be removed from the bond to attempt to avoid losing the entire amount of the bond. If the judge approves this application, the case will go into bond forfeiture and a warrant will be issued for the arrest of the defendant. It is for this reason why you should always work with an attorney who will ensure that you are apprised of all required court settings.  

Release on P​ersonal Recognizance

It is within the judge’s discretion to allow for a personal recognizance release (a "PR" Bond), which means that the accused takes responsibility for showing up for court dates and can be released without paying bail. Usually these are approved only for minor crimes, and only if the defendant does not have an extensive criminal record.  As well, the defendant must not pose a danger to himself or others, and cannot be deemed a flight risk.

Dallas County has a Pre-Trial Services Department that interviews those arrested to determine whether they are eligible for a "PR" Bond.  Unfortunately, this can usually take a lot of time, most often several days, or even weeks, after the arrest.  There are only a limited number of workers with the Pre-Trial Services Department, and it can take awhile before they conduct the interview.  In addition, there is no guarantee that a "PR" bond will be recommended and/or approved once the interview is concluded.

Attorney Surety Bond

Attorneys with the proper authority can post an attorney surety bond in select circumstances.  This can only be done if the defendant will be represented by that attorney.  This can be the most cost-effective way to obtain a jail release.  Instead of paying a professional bail bond company, the attorney surety fee can be applied to the overall amount of the legal fee of the representation.  Thus, you avoid having to pay twice: once with the bail bond company, and again when hiring an attorney to work on your case.

Dallas County is unique in that if an attorney has the proper amount of authority, the surety bond can simply faxed in to the bonding desk.  Thus, the bond can be posted without you even having t leave the comfort of your home.  This can save an incredible amount of time.  Our office can assist with this process.  A short screening process will be conducted to determine if the defendant is eligible.

Need help getting your loved one out of jail in Dallas County?

The Law Offices of Carl David Ceder, PLLC, can help.  Contact us now for a free initial consultation at 214.702.CARL (2275) ,or send us an e-mail to learn more about attorney surety bonds and all matters related criminal defense. Payment plans are accepted.



Carl David Ceder is an experienced Dallas Bail Bonds Attorney who can help you or your loved one obtain a jail release in any Dallas County Jail, including Lew Sterrett Jail, and in the city jails of Irving, Garland, Mesquite, Addison, Highland Park, University Park, Balch Springs, Richardson, Irving, Coppell, or Desoto.

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