If you or a loved one have recently been arrested or are being investigated for a crime, odds are you’re feeling stressed, anxious and scared. The uncertainty of what to do next when you’ve been accused of a criminal offense can be paralyzing at a time when it is imperative you take immediate action.
At Biggs & Greenslade, P.C., we help Texans every day deal with the uncertainty that comes with being placed in handcuffs. We know the process can be confusing, but the most important thing to remember is how important it is to seek help as soon as you can.
When you are arrested in Texas, your freedom will be taken from you by law enforcement as you are physically taken into custody and enter the criminal justice system. If or when you are free to join your loved ones while you await trial of your case will depend upon a judicial determination that often involves setting bail.
The amount of bail to be required in any case is to be regulated by the court, judge, magistrate or officer taking the bail; they are to be governed in the exercise of this discretion by the Constitution and by these rules:
Bail bonds and bail bonding companies exist to help people secure release while their case navigates the criminal justice system. Most people need financial help to make that bail amount, and attorneys often challenge the amount in instances that justify a lower or less expensive bail amount.
After bail is given, if a defendant fails to appear for a scheduled court date, a warrant is issued and the bond is forfeited. At this hearing, a bond company or individual bond poster, through their attorney, can present evidence and arguments to the court as to why the bond should be exonerated and not forfeited to the State.
Defendants, bail bondsmen and surety companies confront a unique risk because if a defendant misses court, it can mean paying a sizable bond forfeiture judgment. The defendant is also liable personally for the amount of the bond forfeiture. We can help to reduce the amount of bail or with the aftermath when a defendant misses court by filing a motion to reduce a bond or asserting procedural defenses to a forfeiture judgment.
You deserve justice, no matter what. If you’re facing criminal charges, do not let too much time pass. Call us right away at 903-405-2686 or email us to talk with an experienced, dedicated attorney from our firm.