A bond amount (also known as “bail” amount) is an amount of money in cash or a surety bond for the purpose of making sure that a particular person attends all required court appearances. This allows an arrested person to be released from jail until his or her case is completed.
These amounts are set by judges based on several factors including established amounts based on the criminal code statutes, petitions by the District Attorney.
You can call the Jail (254-933-5400) or the District Clerk’s Office (254-933-5200) to see if a bond has been set.
If a person has been arrested and a bond amount has been set, the person can be released if the bond is posted. The three primary ways to post a bond amount is to provide a full cash bond, use a bonding agency to post the bond, or post a Personal Bond.
Cash bonds are posted (paid) at the District Clerk’s Office. Click here for directions. The District Clerk’s Office is open Monday through Friday from 8 AM – 5 PM (except for holidays). The clerk will provide you with a receipt that can be taken down to the Jail and used to release a person from jail.
If the District Clerk’s Office is closed, cash bonds can be posted at the jail.
The money put up for a cash bond can be tied up in the court for months. At the end of a trial, the defendant’s attorney should draft an order to release the funds. Only after a Judge signs this order will a check be written and mailed out.