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How Bail Works

When a defendant or a defendants family member contacts our
office we provide any available information about the defendants
case. The courts allow bondsmen to post bond for the
defendant, on the guarantee the defendant will make all court
appearances. We charge a fraction of the set bond amount as
our fee. Bondsmen often use family members or friends to
Co-Sign for the defendant.
About Bail & Other FAQS

Bail & Bond and Inmate Information FAQs
The information on this page applies only to defendants in the
custody of the Travis County Sheriffs Office.

Who is a defendant?

A defendant is a person charged with a crime.

What is bond?

Bond is the amount of money set by a judge for releasing a
defendant from jail before his/her trial. There are three types of
bonds: cash, surety, and personal.

How can I tell which type of bond is required?

Find the defendants charges by using the Sheriff Inmate
Population Search (SIPS) . Bond information appears under
each charge.

Example:
AGGRAVATED ROBBERY
1ST DEGREE FELONY --
Bond: $75,000.00 ANY TYPE OF BOND

FAIL TO IDENTIFY FUG
CLASS A MISDEMEANOR -- Cause Number: 123456
Bond: $1,000.00 CASH OR SURETY

What does it mean when the bond line says Any type of bond?

The defendant may post a cash, surety, or personal bond.

What does it mean when the bond line says Cash or surety?

The defendant may only post a cash or surety bond. In this case,
no personal bonds will be taken.

What does it mean when the bond line says No bond information
available?

No bond has been set for this charge. Bond may be set at a later
time.

What is a cash bond?

A cash bond is the exact amount of money the defendant must
pay before being released from jail. The full amount must be
paid.

How can I pay a cash bond?

If the charge is from Travis County, you can pay by:

• Cash (exact amount). Be sure to bring the exact amount as the
Sheriffs Office cannot give change.
• Money order or cashiers check made out to the Travis County
Sheriffs Office.
If the charge is from another county, you can pay by:

• Money order or cashiers check in the exact amount. Do not
make the money order out to anyone until told to do so by the
Sheriffs Office.
Where do I pay a cash bond?

Bring your payment to:

• The Travis County jail at 509 W. 11th St, Austin, TX or
• The Travis County Correctional Complex (Del Valle Jail) at
3614 Bill Price Road, Del Valle, TX
When can I get a cash bond back?

The money is returned to the defendant after the court case is
completely over and the judge orders the money returned.
Bonds paid for delinquent child support are not refunded to the
payee or to the defendant. See also Bonds Paid in Delinquent
Child Support Cases at the bottom of this page for more
information regarding delinquent child support.

I paid a cash bond for someone else. How can I get my money
back?

The money paid for a cash bond is returned only to the
defendant (except in cases of delinquent child support bonds),
regardless of who paid the bond. Bond payments are See also
"When can I get a cash bond back?" above.

What is a surety bond?

A surety bond is a bond posted by a bondsperson.

How do I post a surety bond?

Contact a bondsperson. The bondsperson will charge a fee for
this service.

What is a personal bond?

A Personal Bond is a sworn agreement by the defendant that
he/she will return to court as ordered and will comply with
conditions placed on his/her release. No money is required at
the time of release, but the defendant is required to pay an
administrative fee of $20 or 3% of the bond amount to Pretrial
Services within 7 days of release.

How can I post a personal bond?

Individual defendants cannot post a personal bond on their own.
Only Pretrial Services or an attorney may submit a request for
release on personal bond to a judge. Only a judge can approve
release on a personal bond. Travis County Pretrial Services
interviews the majority of defendants booked on Travis County
charges and considers them for release on personal bond. If you
wish to inquire about the status of a defendant’s personal bond
application, you should contact Travis County Pretrial Services
at 854-9381.

Bonds Paid in Delinquent Child Support Cases
In cases of cash bonds paid in delinquent child support cases
the amount of the cash bond is based on the amount of the child
support that is delinquent (in arrears), as either a percentage of
the arrears or the full amount of the arrears. The cash bond
monies posted/paid by the defendant (called "respondent" in
civil law) at the Sheriff's Department are forwarded to the District
Clerk's Office. From there the monies are sent to the child
support registry who in turn sends them to the person who has
legal custody of the children (called the payee). The cash bond is
not returned to the person who paid the bond however the
person who owes the child support does get credit for this
payment towards his/her child support obligation.

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