Any arrested for DWI is traumatic. The process of bonding out of jail is straightforward and quick in most cases. When bail is set, you can pay the court in full or contact a bail bondsman.
Location to Post a Bail Bond
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office will accept cash or surety bonds at 700 N. San Jacinto Street, Houston, TX 77002.
What is a Bail Bond?
A bail bond is a written contract between the accused and their sureties. Bail is the security provided by the accused. Both the bail bond and the bail guarantees an appearance in court
What is a Cash Bond?
Cash bonds are when the accused pays the entire bond amount with cash, cashiers check or money order.
What is a Surety Bond?
Surety Bonds are provided by Harris County bonding companies. These companies charge a fee for their services.
What is a Personal Recognizance Bond or P.R. Bond?
A PR bond is applied when the judge is satisfied that the defendant will appear without needing any security. A PR bond comes with special conditions, similar to what would be required during probation. This may include travel limitations, limitations of business they can visit (i.e. bars, clubs, etc), random drug testing and the installation of an ignition interlock.
What is a Pre-Trial Release Bond?
A pre-trial release bond is granted based on positive feedback from pretrial services. When the judge approves this bond, it usually is accompanied by a number of special conditions that are similar to what would be required during probation. This may include travel limitations, limitations of business they can visit (i.e. bars, clubs, etc), random drug testing and the installation of an ignition interlock.
Calculating Bail for a Houston DWI Arrest
Bail for a DWI arrest in Houston is not a standardized number. It can vary for many reasons, including the presiding Judge’s temperament that day. Factors that play a role are:
- Does the accused have any Prior DWI convictions?
- Did the accused cooperate with testing?
- Did the crime include injury (intoxication assault) or death (intoxication manslaughter) to others?
- Is the accused a flight risk?
- Is the accused dangerous or violent based on their criminal history?
The majority of first time DWI get a PR bond or a bond of $1,000. Felony DWI arrest bonds can be as high as $35,000 or may be denied bail completely.