Any arrest for alleged domestic violence is serious, and the arrest and charges should be taken seriously. In Texas domestic violence is clearly defined in by law. Simply paraphrased, it is considered to be any intentional harm by a family member or household against another member of the family or household. It is further defined by a anything considered a threat of harm, injury, assault or sexual assault. In Texas, a domestic violence arrest will typically be written on domestic violence bail bonds as an “assault” and the charges can range from a Class C or A misdemeanor to a felony, a far more serious offense. The Class C misdemeanor will not usually require a bond but, rather, a citation with a later court appearance.
Sadly, most cases of domestic violence in Texas are serious enough to be charged as a Class A misdemeanors and, in some cases, the domestic violence is serious enough to be characterized as a felony. You can be arrested without a warrant on sight. Once arrested, you will need to make bail, either through cash or bond, and after making bail are usually released within four hours. It is important to contact a bail bondsman as early in your arrest as possible whether it’s you or your family who contact the bondsman. It’s very important to ensure you hire a highly reputable bondsman with the skills and knowledge to represent and assist you well. Domestic violence charges are extremely serious and can end with serious outcomes and repercussions. You want a bondsman whom you trust and work with with closely.
There is a difference between state or federal charges and the fees you will need to pay a bail bondsman. Federal charges will require far greater knowledge and skill and, therefore, 15% premium is charged. For state bonds, a 10% fee is the norm. Money paid to a bail bond company to secure your bond is not returned. This is their fee for their work. Collateral, however, put up to secure a bond will be released if the defendant appears in court as scheduled. Failure to appear not only risks losing your collateral but charged with an additional crime. It is a very serious thing to not appear at your scheduled hearing while you’re out on bail.
An arraignment will be held before a judge or magistrate to set bail and usually a protective order preventing you from seeing the alleged victim. The protective order can be highly detailed and sensitive. A skilled bondsman will work with you throughout the bail and bonding process to be certain your fully understand the process.
Once out on bail, you will have to abide by some serious restrictions and risk being returned to jail if you do not adhere to them. A judge or magistrate can require any restrictions they feel are necessary to ensure the safety of the alleged victim/s or community. Again, it will be important for you to work closely with your bail bondsman or attorney to be certain you are clear on all the restrictions of your bail.
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