If someone you know has been charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) offense or driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or controlled substance, you may need to bail them out of jail at a late hour or may not want to deal with the hassle of a bonding company. The Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy are more than happy to serve as both your bail bond agent and attorney.
The Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy charge competitive rates to serve as your bondsman, usually around 10 to 15 percent of the bond amount. In many situations, the fee you pay for the bond can be applied to the legal fees for defending your DWI charges.
Bail Bond Defense Lawyer in Irving, Dallas, Carrolton, Richardson, TX
If you know someone who has been charged with a DWI and needs to post a bond, contact the Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy today for a consultation about your alleged offense in Irving, Dallas, Carrolton, Richardson, and surrounding areas of Dallas County, Texas.
Failure to post bond could result in sitting in jail for a long time before your DWI case is heard by a judge. Call the Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy for a free consultation at (972) 233-5700 about posting bonds for a DWI offense.
Bail Bond Definitions in Dallas
As defined in Tex. Code of Crim. Proc. Ann. § 17.01, bail is the full amount of the security the alleged offender will be required to pay in order to be released from jail and appear later before the court at a hearing or trial. Instead of paying the full bail amount, the defendant can be released on a bail bond or personal bond.
According to section 17.02 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, a bail bond is a cash deposit, bond, or other security given to guarantee the appearance of a defendant in a criminal case. This is usually just a guarantee the defendant will appear and is not the full amount of bail.
A personal bond is when the defendant is released by a judge on his word without any sureties or other security that the defendant will later appear. If they do not appear, they will have to pay the amount of the personal bond. These types of bonds are rarely available in DWI cases.
When an individual is unable to pay for their full bail amount, they can hire a bondsman who will post a bond for them in exchange for a fee, which is typically a percentage of the bond, around 10 to 15 percent. When the defendant complies with the conditions of their bond, or when the defendant appears in court, the bondsman will be released from liability or any funds deposited with the court for the bond will be returned to the bondsman.
Not just anyone can post bond for a criminal defendant. Friends and family can pay the full bail amount, but they cannot post bonds on your behalf. A bail bond agent or surety is required to be licensed by Texas. Additionally, an attorney licensed in Texas can post bond on your behalf, but they are required to represent you in any legal proceedings relating to the offense.
Under Tex. Occupations Code § 1704.001, a bail bond surety is any person who posts a bail bond for another person guaranteeing they will appear.
When a Bail Bond is Required for a Texas DWI
Depending on the type of offense committed and the criminal record of the alleged offender, the judge may or may not allow the alleged offender out of jail on bond. Additionally, the prior record and type of offense will determine the amount of the bond, which is usually a minimum of $5,000. In most situations, individuals who have been arrested and charged with any DWI offense will be permitted to be released on a bail bond in Dallas.
Once you have been arrested for driving while intoxicated in Texas, you will be placed in jail until a bondsman posts your bond for you, you pay your own bond, or you are released on a personal bond. If you cannot afford to post your own bond, you will probably want to hire a bail bondsman. They will post bonds on your behalf guaranteeing you will show up for your next court date. In return for this service, they will charge you a non-refundable fee, which is usually around 10 to 15 percent of the bond amount.
If you do not appear for your next court date, the bondsman will be required to pay the entire bond amount, or find you and turn you into custody. If you do appear for the court date, any cash deposited with the court for the bond will be given back to the bondsman, or if no funds were paid, the bondsman is released from liability.
Bail Bond Requirements in Dallas
According to § 17.08 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, bail bonds issued by a bondsman are required to have certain elements, including:
- The bail bond is to be made payable to The State of Texas;
- The defendant, and anyone paying the bond for the defendant, bind themselves to appear before the court to answer the accusations against him;
- Whether the criminal charge is a felony or misdemeanor;
- The bond is signed by the defendant and the bondsman if any, and their mailing addresses;
- The bond states the time, place, and court where the accused is to appear; and
- The bond is conditioned on the fact that the bondman will pay any expenses due to the defendant failing to appear.
Texas Failure to Post Bond for DWI
If you do not post a bond or pay your bail amount, you will sit in jail or police custody until the date of your trial or bond is posted for you. This can take weeks or even months depending on the county where you received your DWI.
Dallas DWI Bail Bond Resources
Texas Constitution and Statutes – Code of Criminal Procedure – This link is to Chapter 17 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, which defines the terms of bail and posting personal and bail bonds in Texas.
Texas Constitution and Statutes – This link is to chapter 1704 of the Texas Occupations Code, which defines the regulations of bail bond sureties throughout Dallas.
Find A Dallas County Defense Attorney for Bail Bonds | Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy
If you are in need of a bail bonds defense attorney, contact the Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy today for a consultation about your alleged offense in Irving, Dallas, Carrolton, Richardson, and surrounding areas of Dallas County, Texas. Call (972) 233-5700 or submit an online form for a consultation about your case.