How Bail Works:

What happens next to the defendant after he/she is booked. When can they be bailed out of jail?

Innocent Until Proven Guilty

At Bustin Out Bail Bonds, we understand the concept of “innocent until proven guilty”. We don’t judge your case based on other people’s accusations. Just because someone is accused of something doesn’t mean that they did it. We are here to help take some of the sting out of a painful situation. As to why you might need us in this situation, those reasons (as stated above) are numerous. However, we at Bustin Out Bail Bonds aren’t as concerned with WHY you need us. Our utmost concern is, how can we help you the most when you DO need us. What access to bail does is give the defendant the ability to mount a strong defense of the charges they have been accused of. If you are in jail you are not working to afford a lawyer or able to spend time handling your case. We want you to have the best chance for winning your case.

The Stigma of Jail

For the uninitiated, the idea of going to jail is horribly intimidating. While the reality isn’t a picnic, it usually isn’t as bad as what most people imagine. The reason that going to jail now isn’t like going to jail “in the good old days,” is because there are exponentially more laws in which one can become entangled now.

More Laws Than You Can Count

We live where there are literally more laws than can be counted, just read this article about it here: and that is just on the federal level. When taking into account State, County , and Municipal laws, the numbers become too large for the human mind to comprehend. And as citizens, we are actually expected to follow each every single one of them because “ignorance of the law is no excuse.” There is a saying in the various businesses within the law industry.

“The average American commits 3 felonies a day without even knowing it.”

As easy as it is for ANYONE to go to jail nowadays, there is a very real statistical likelihood that at some point, you or someone you know will wind up in jail. Criminal punishment used to be dispensed for common law violations. Those are violations such as murder, robbery, fraud, rape, theft, etc. Violations that those common in society understand as being bad as evidenced by the existence of a victim. However, now, criminal punishment is dispensed for violating rules to a game that was laid out without your knowledge (in some cases without your consent), in such innumerable amount, that it becomes impossible to be 100% in compliance with “the law.”

An arrest for you or someone you know is pretty much a statistical inevitability at this point. In fact, it is such a common occurrence that, “What will the neighbors think” is no longer applicable. Because chances are VERY high, that your neighbor or someone they know has been to jail over of the myriad ways there are now to be locked up.


What happens next to the defendant after he/she is booked. When can they be bailed out of jail?

These are the most common things that happen once a person is booked.

  • Sometimes a defendant is released and no charges are filed.
  • The defendant is released on his/her own recognizance (O.R), however, the person must make all court appearances or there will be a warrant issued and the process begins again.
  • The defendant is released on bail bond.
  • No bail is set and the defendant must remain in jail until he/she goes to court.
  • The defendant may bond out immediately on pre-set bonds providing they sign a waiver of arraignment.
What To Expect When Posting Bail

Since a bail bond is really an insurance policy that secures the defendant’s release from jail, there are certain conditions that must be met and adhered to in order for the bond to be posted. When getting someone out of jail, there is the unfortunate necessity of paperwork. This involves the cosigner.

You Need a Co-Signer to Bail You Out of Jail

As cosigner, you are ensuring the defendant will fulfill her/his contractual obligations to the court and bondsman. When meeting with the bail agent it is necessary to have your ID and your cell phone for access to emergency contact information. While we do not call the cosigner’s job or contacts as part of the bail process, the information is necessary in case the cosigner is unreachable at the provided phone number in the event of emergency or court dates.

When meeting with the agent, the paperwork involved only takes about 20 minutes or so to complete. Many bondsman advertise “quick” and “speedy” release. In reality, the cosigner’s paperwork, is the speediest part of the process.

How Long Does It Take to Get Released From Jail?

Depending on which jail the defendant is in, greatly determines how long it will take for the release. In some cases and jurisdictions, it is required for the agent to physically go to the jail the defendant is in. Since all bonds are processed by the sheriff at the county level, those bonds then have to be brought to the county jail for processing from the jail where the defendant is. (If the defendant is in the county jail, this obviously makes things a little easier.) This can take some time.

Also, as with any large agency, the criminal justice centers move at their own pace, regardless of how “quick” a bondsman promises release or even how “quick” the bond is posted. As a general rule, it can take 2-4 hours to secure the release of a defendant from jail, once the cosigner paperwork has been completed.

Posting Bail is Almost Always an Excercise in Patience

At a time when patience is in short supply. Many of the people you will be forced to deal with in relation to this problem will be unpleasant and will do nothing but make you use what little patience you have.

At Bustin Out Bail Bonds, we understand this. That is why if you choose to work with us, we make sure that you understand what you are getting into, and how we are going to make it better for you. (or possibly we make sure that you understand what it is you are getting into, and what we can to do to help you.)

What happens if the person bailed out is late for court? Is the bond forfeited?
Technically, the answer is yes, the bond is forfeited. The court may view the defendant’s failure to appear as a willful act and issue a bench warrant. The defendant will then be subject to arrest. If you know the person is going to be late or can’t find the right courtroom, please contact either your bail company to handle the situation by reassuming the bond, or by contacting the court clerk in any courtroom. They will direct you to your appropriate court. Always check in with the bailiff to let them know you are late. It is always best to make a late appearance than no appearance at all. If you are late for court, be sure to contact us and your lawyer as soon as possible.

We service all North Texas jails and are licensed to write bail in Wise, Denton and Tarrant Counties in the State of Texas. 


Located at 401 W. Belknap, Fort Worth, Texas 76196


1450 E. McKinney Street, Denton, Texas 76209


100 N. Lamar Street, Fort Worth, Texas  76196


127 N. Woodrow Lane, Suite 300, Denton, Texas 76205

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