Typically, when someone is accused of committing a misdemeanor crime while they are on bond for a separate misdemeanor their bond on the new case gets set at $5,000. Additionally, most Harris County, Texas misdemeanor judges also raise the bond on the new case to the same amount. Knowing this ahead of time allows someone that is going to court to make a non arrest bond so they do not go put back into custody. However, some courts wait until the defendant appears in court for the new case to raise the bond on the new case to $5,000. In these circumstances the defendant has two choices. They may contact their bonding company to make them aware that they will be needing their services once again for the raising of the bond at court. In this instance the bonding company accompanies the defendant to court so that they are not taken into custody to be processed. The second and less frequently used method is to take the anticipated bond ($5,000) with them to make the bond. This alleviates the necessity to hire a bondsman. Please keep in mind that when a cash bond is posted that amount is returned once the case is finished. Most clients either do not have the $5,000 readily available to them or simply do not trust me or the system when it comes to their hard earned money. I can not say that I blame them. However, today, I had a client that did trust that everything would work according to plan with the upfront cash method. It worked even better then I expected since the judge took my word that the client had the cash bond amount in hand and was ready to make the cash bond. The only thing we had to do was walk out of the courtroom and head straight over to 49 San Jacinto where bonds are posted.
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