There are basically four types of bail bonds: (1) the personal recognizance bond, in which the accused is releases solely upon his reputation and promise to come to court; (2) the personal bond, in which the person in jail promises to appear in court and agrees to pay some amount of money if he fails to do so; (3) the cash bond, in which the person promises to return to court and submits a cash escrow to ensure they do so; and, (4) the surety bond, in which a third party (a bondsman) promises to pay some amount if the defendant (known as the principal) fails to appear. Bondsmen usually charge a non-refundable fee for this service to secure the principal's release on bail.
The bail amount is regulated by the court, judge, magistrate, or officer taking the bail. The Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, article 17.15, sets out the rules for setting the amount of bail:
One of the most significant factors affecting how quickly the person you care about is released will be how quickly he or she appears before a magistrate judge. Arrestees are "magistrated" by the judges in groups, and it can take many hours to comprise a group large enough for the judge to hold court. Thus, simply waiting for his or her turn could take hours and hours, or even a day or two.
Experienced attorneys, though, know the courts and ways to help push the person you care about to the front of the line, and sometimes to skip the line altogether. This is important to you if you are anxiously waiting to find out if someone you care about it okay and safe. Every minute can feel like an hour, and every hour like a day.
A lawyer can also interview the client to learn crucial details, start correctly completing the bond paperwork and complete the necessary background checks. This could make a tremendous difference in the total time before your loved one is out of jail.
Having an attorney can also help your loved one's case in obtaining a personal bond. Being allowed a personal bond could make the difference of thousands of dollars.
If arrested in Travis County, arrestees will likely be taken to the Travis County Jail in downtown Austin:
Travis County Jail / Central Booking
500 W. 10th Street
Austin, TX 78701
If an inmate has not been released from jail after approximately 48 hours of their arrest, they will usually then be transferred to the Travis County Correctional Facility in Del Valle:
Travis County Correctional Facility
3614 Bill Price Road
Del Valle, TX 78617