Reading legal code may be super-interesting from time to time, for some people, but more often it is something we have to deal with when under duress.

Reading IKEA instructions may be difficult enough sometimes or, oh no, Mattel’s instructions for a new Barbie house. Still, legal code may require an “interpreter” like a lawyer, or a business persons with understanding of the process.

While IKEA or Mattel will put everything on a piece of paper and hope for the best, that people will somehow look at it and instantly understand it, a human touch can most definitely help with explaining the process for people who need it.

In terms of bail bonds, there are few simple explanations of the bail bond system

Release on One’s Own Recognizance (R.O.R. or O.R.): This means that you can be released without any motivation for bail. Depending on the severity of the crime, and if the judge finds you responsible enough to come back for the set court date, you could be released on an R.O.R.

Surety bond: This type of bond is the most common type of bond, and it is a bond in which someone other than the accused accepts liability for guaranteeing the accused will return to court

Cash bond: This is payment in cash by the accused for the complete amount of bond set by the judge. Usually the accused will pay with their own money or with help from their friends and family. You should be refunded for this amount if you fully comply with your duty to arrive to court.

The actual legal code is approached in slightly different manner:

Art. 17.02.  DEFINITION OF “BAIL BOND”.  A “bail bond” is a written undertaking entered into by the defendant and the defendant’s sureties for the appearance of the principal therein before a court or magistrate to answer a criminal accusation; provided, however, that the defendant on execution of the bail bond may deposit with the custodian of funds of the court in which the prosecution is pending current money of the United States in the amount of the bond in lieu of having sureties signing the same.  Any cash funds deposited under this article shall be receipted for by the officer receiving the funds and, on order of the court, be refunded in the amount shown on the face of the receipt less the administrative fee authorized by Section 117.055, Local Government Code, after the defendant complies with the conditions of the defendant’s bond, to:

(1)  any person in the name of whom a receipt was issued, including the defendant if a receipt was issued to the defendant; or

(2)  the defendant, if no other person is able to produce a receipt for the funds.

What we would suggest here is to definitely talk to Atlas Bail Bond in person or over the phone, because we have years of experience and knowledge to help you and your family in every situation.

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