Dallas Tx Bail Bonds
At Tx Bail Bonds (txbailbonds.org), our mission is to supply you with all the facts and figures regarding how bonding companies work in and around the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas metropolitan area. Through our staff's dedication to research and consumer advocacy, we believe that our organization will be the go-to brand when it comes to bail bond education and resources.
On our website, you'll find that each top-level page (county page) provides you with the direct contact information for the local jail, Sheriff's department, and the contact information for the bonding company that we think is top-notch.
We have rated all of the bondsmen in the area and the companies that they are associated with according to the following metrics:
Phone call waiting time, Client satisfaction and online reviews, Qualifications for a potential co-signer, and Professionalism over the phone.
We believe that by listing the best bail bond agents front-and-center on our website, you won't have to search endlessly for someone that can help you in your particular situation. We've all had to bail someone out of jail before. It's not a pleasant process. We make it easier.
We list who we think are the best bonding companies for the following counties in the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area:
- Dallas County
- Tarrant County
- Collin County
- Denton County
- Rockwall County
How Dallas Bail Bond Companies Work
When you're looking for a company that writes Dallas bail bonds specifically, there are several things to be aware of before you ever make your first phone call to see if someone can help you. There are certain things that any good bonding company will ask you over the phone so that they can not only locate the inmate you're looking for, but also give you an accurate quote in the process. Some of these things might seem very basic, but you would be surprised at how many people call a bail agent, only to realize that they don't have all of the information required to find in which jail they're being detained in the first place.
Even if you are sure that the person is being held in a particular jail, whether it be Dallas County, the City of Dallas Detention Center, or one of the other municipal jails located throughout the county, the bonding company has to verify this information.
The first thing you'll need to know is how to spell the person's full name. It helps even more to know their date of birth, but even knowing their age can help speed things up when the person on the other end of the phone is doing an inmate records search in the Dallas County database.
The second thing you'll need to know is where to look. At this time, tell the bonding company which jail you think the person is in. Let them know who was the arresting authority as well. This way, if you're wrong about the jail, they can find them by knowing who did the arrest.
Another thing you'll have to be aware of is that in order for someone to be bonded out of any jail, the judge has to first set a bail amount. If bail is denied, you can't bond them out. On the other hand, judges in Dallas, Texas have been known to release people on an O.R. (Own Recognizance) bond. If this is the case, a Dallas bondsman isn't even needed. The person simply signs their name on a court document stating that they promise to be in court on their scheduled date. This type of bond often occurs if the person doesn't have a criminal history, have been a Dallas resident for some time, and have a stable job. Then again, it also depends on the seriousness of the charge(s).
With this information, you should be ready to call any Dallas bail agent and get some traction. Now there's the matter of qualifying and what documents you'll need to bring in.
The Final Steps in Obtaining a Dallas Bail Bond
After the bonding company has located the person and has given you a quote over the phone, you'll need to decide if you want to move forward with getting the bond written. Did the company sound like they knew what they were doing? Were they rude to you over the phone? Did they answer your questions? Another question to ask yourself is to the likelihood of this person actually showing up for their court date(s). After all, if they don't show up, they will be charged with an FTA (Failure to Appear) and a warrant will be placed for their immediate arrest. Furthermore, the Dallas bail bond company will hold you financially responsible, immediately, for paying the full amount of bail. Technically, they are the one who is legally responsible to the court system for paying the bail, but by co-signing on the bond, you are financially liable to them. Don't take this lightly. The document backed by an insurance company and has certain legal ramifications of its own if you don't comply with your financial responsibility.
While the above paragraph may frighten you a bit, you can rest assured knowing that you have a personal influence over the defendant to show up in court. Most likely, they will show up for their court date because your name is on the line as well. If you don't think that you'll have much sway in their court appearance, don't bail them out.
Over the phone, the bonding company should have told you what you need to bring in to prove residency, identity, and financial responsibility. These documents are generally a utility bill in your name, a valid Texas I.D., and two current pay stubs, respectively.
Now it's time to go in and have the bond written. Get directions to their office over the phone and don't rely on any online maps or addresses. There are a lot of people who use an old address, get lost, then end up using a different Dallas bail bonds agent, only to be in for a rude experience. To deal directly with the people you spoke to on the phone, get their address from them directly.
After the bond has been written, the bondsman will personally deliver it to the Dallas area jail in which the person is currently being detained. Each jail is unique in their release process, so don't expect it to happen in an hour. Some jails in Dallas County can take up to eight hours to release an inmate. Be sure to ask the bondsman about this beforehand.
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Tx Bail Bonds 3839 McKinney Avenue Suite 155-2192, Dallas, TX 75204 214-563-3221