Jail and Release
Your first contact with the criminal justice system may be when
you find yourself or a loved one in a patrol car headed to jail.
You may have been going to court with another lawyer and find that
your bond has been revoked and there is a outstanding warrant for
The first reaction is how do I get out? At the Law Office of Nate
Stark, we are available 24 hours a day to get you out of jail. There
are three kinds of bail bonds currently employed in Travis County
and surrounding counties.
1) Personal Recognizance Bonds (PR Bonds)-
PR bonds are granted to offenders who meet
certain criteria. Those are length of time in the community, contact
with local family and friends, severity of the crime, prior criminal
history and history of bond forfeitures. If the client does not
appear for all scheduled court appearances the State will take a
civil judgment against the defendant for the face value of the bond.
Not all defendants qualify for PR bonds, but many offenders can
increase their chances by retaining an experienced attorney. Mr.
Stark’s experience of over 30 years gives him the intimate knowledge
of the individual judges who approve PR bonds and give his clients
the best possible chance of having their PR bonds approved.
2) Cash Deposit Bonds-
These bonds are a hybrid of PR bonds and cash
bonds. If a PR bond does not provide the appropriate security in the
mind of the magistrate, the judge may approve a cash deposit bond.
Any person can post the total amount of cash that the court has set
for his bond. If the court approves cash deposit bonds, they
routinely approve 10% of the bond to be deposited in the registry of
the court as additional security to guarantee the person’s
appearance. If the client does not appear at any scheduled court
setting, the 10% cash deposit is forfeited and the State may also
take a civil judgment against the defendant for the face value of
the bond. At the Law Office of Nate Stark, he routinely allow our
clients to assign these cash deposit bonds as a retainer towards
their legal fees, eliminating the additional expense of paying a
bond fee to a surety bondsman.
3) Surety Bonds-
Surety bonds are required in higher risk cases
that require a surety to guarantee the defendant’s appearance in
court. There are a number of surety bondsman in Austin and the
surrounding areas. They routinely charge between 10% and 20% of the
face value of the bond as a non-refundable fee for guaranteeing the
bond. Bondsman also require that a defendant have a guarantor who is
financially responsible in the event a defendant does not appear. If
the person does not appear for court settings, both the defendant
and the surety can be liable for the entire face amount of the bond.
Attorneys in the State of Texas are also allowed to make surety
bonds if they meet certain financial qualifications with the
Sheriff’s office. Our office makes surety bonds for qualified
defendants for an additional fee included in their fees for legal
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