Dallas County Jail Locations

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We've provided a list of the Dallas County jail locations  and easy access to the Dallas County Jail Lookup system for your convenience.

Dallas County Jail Locations

 
 

Dallas County Court Locations

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Here's a list of Dallas County court locations with current judicial contact links and information.

Dallas County Court Locations

 
 
 

Types Of Bail Bonds and Other Bail Terms

Cash Bonds and Bail Bonds Used in Dallas Jails

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Following is a list of the most common types of bail bonds and other terms associated with the bail process:

Cash Bail

Cash bail means that the accused pays the full amount of bail in cash. Sometimes the court accepts checks or even credit cards.

Surety Bond

Also called a bail bond, a surety bond can be used for any amount of bail, but it is especially useful when the accused can’t afford to pay his or her bail. This type of bail often involves a friend or relative of the accused contacting a bail agent, also known as a bail bondsman.

A Dallas bail bond agent is backed by a special type of insurance company called a surety company and pledges to pay the full value of the bond if the accused doesn’t appear in court. In return, the bail bondsman charges the client a premium and may collect some sort of collateral to help guarantee the bond (a title to a house, car or boat, or jewelry or electronics).

With the involvement of friends or relatives, the defendant should be compelled to appear in court. In many cases, it's the friend or relative who is probably paying the bail bondsman’s premium and it's their collateral on the line.

The Dallas TX bail agent’s bond is also at stake, and if the defendant doesn’t appear in court (known as skipping or jumping bail), then it will be the agent who is responsible for paying the entire bail bond.

Release on Citation

In some cases, an officer will not book a suspect at all but will issue a citation instead that dictates the accused must appear in a Dallas court of law. While this process is less thorough than taking a suspect to a police station and performing the formal booking procedure, it allows the arresting officer to focus on catching more serious offenders.

Release on Own Personal Recognizance

A judge may also choose to release a suspect on his own recognizance, meaning that he is responsible for showing up for court dates and does not have to pay bail. Personal recognizance is usually only allowed when the charge involves a relatively minor, nonviolent crime, and if the defendant is not considered a danger to anyone else or a flight risk. A flight risk means that it's highly likely that the person will flee instead of going to his or her court date.

Property Bond

Sometimes a defendant can provide some property to act as a bond. In these cases, the court gets a lien (essentially a legal claim) on the property in the amount of the bail. If the defendant doesn’t show up for his court appearances, the court can foreclose on the property to recover the forfeited bail.

Skipping Bail

Because bondsmen are liable for the bail bond amount, and the police can't always locate the defendant, bondsmen sometimes hire a professional bounty hunter (if it is legal in their state). A bounty hunter, or bail enforcement agent, as they are formally called, are responsible for tracking down "skips." The bounty hunter tracks down the bail jumper, arrests him, and collects a fee of 10 to 20 percent of the bail bond.

For further, in-depth explanation of the Dallas bail bond process, please call Murphy-Hill Law Group at 214-524-5782.

Murphy-Hill Law Group

Eric C. Hill, Attorney

Eric C.Hill can do more
for you than a licensed
Dallas bail bond agent.
Why? Because he is 
a licensed defense 
lawyer who's been 
serving the Dallas area  
for 15 years. When 
your freedom is in
question and your reputation is on the line,
he's the one you
want at your side.
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Amanda L. Murphy, Attorney

Amanda L. Murphy is
a Dallas criminal 
defense lawyer
experienced in Texas 
DWI and Texas DUI
law and federal 
criminal bond 
issues. As your legal
advocate, she
protects you and
your rights when
your defenses
are down.