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Bada Bing Bail Bonds Houston - FAQ's - Out of State Bail Bonds

Do you do make out-of-state bail bonds?

Under certain circumstances it is possible to make a bail bond for someone that is in jail in a state other than Texas. However, bail bondsmen typically do not post bonds for people in jail out of state for many very good reasons.

Just as every county in Texas operates differently and has different bail policies the bail bond policies are vastly different in each state. Additionally, if something goes wrong, it is nearly impossible to fix.

There are two different scenarios for a person being detained in another state.

The first scenario:

A person has been arrested in another state for a charge pending in a totally different state. In this situation the reason a bondsman is asked do you make out-of-state bail bonds is typically because the defendant is from and has family in the state where the defendant has the open warrant and so (using Houston as the example) because the warrant is here in Houston the family assumes that it will be possible then to make a bail bond here so that they can be released from jail there.

And, for many years this was the way it was done but it is not done that way in Texas anymore, the practice of posting bail in this fashion was ruled unconstitutional.

Consequently, the only possible way to post a bail bond for someone in this situation is for a bail bond company operating in the city and state where the defendant is being held to post a fugitive (out of state) bail bond. If this type of bail bond is posted it is a temporary bail bond.

I have no idea how these things are handled in other states and in truth because of the rarity in which these types of bonds are made my information may be completely correct or partially correct for how these types of bail bonds are handled in Texas, so this is a rough idea at best.

I apologize for this confusing explanation but to understand the process in another state I have to reverse the situation to someone being arrested in our state and give the best explanation I can since I do not write bail in other states.

If for example someone were detained in Houston for a warrant from another state then the first part of the process would be for a magistrate here in Houston to set a fugitive bond on that person so that if they choose to try and post bail they can.

Then, if arrangements are made for bail the person is released from custody temporarily pending the issuance of a Governor's warrant from the state that has the warrant for the defendant.

Then, if the Governor's warrant from the state that has the warrant is issued meaning that they do want to extradite that person back to their state within (90) days after bail is posted the defendant is remanded back into custody here in Houston awaiting extradition back to the state that has the warrant.

If the Governor's warrant is not issued within (90) days then the fugitive case in Houston is dismissed and the defendant can run around Houston all they like with an unlikely possibility of being arrested again for that same out of state warrant. And, Houston has in effect become a permanent home unless the person wants to possibly be arrested again anyplace else in the state of Texas or any other state on the same fugitive warrant again.

However, getting out of jail in Houston and playing the (90) day waiting game is not the desired outcome of the bail bondsman. The proper course of action is to post a fugitive bail bond in Houston and then travel to the state that has the open warrant and make arrangements with a bail bond company in that city and state to post another bail bond there so that the case can be adjudicated and a final resolution of the criminal case be made or to turn themselves in at the jail in that city and state and show proof to the bonding company in Houston that either one or the other of these things has been done.

Now, all of this being said, you have to step into the mindset of a bail bondsman in order to get a real understanding of what all of this means to the bail bondsman.

There's a person in jail with an open warrant for their arrest in another state. Common sense begs to ask the question why? Why is this person miles away from the state that has an open warrant for their arrest?

And then, because there's an incredible shortage of crystal balls with which to find answers, and just as much a shortage of Fairy God Mothers to make all potential liability disappear the bondsman must answer his own question. Maybe the person is in jail because they are on the run! Appearances indicate that this is a very good assumption and since they ran all the way to another state another good assumption is that if I get them out of jail they may possibly run off to a totally different state.

As you can now see the potential for a bail bond like this to be made is not very good unless you have lots of money and are prepared to place actual physical collateral of some kind worth the total amount of the bail bond in the hands of the bail bondsman so that they know if everything goes wrong they have the ability to pay the bond and not take any significant financial risk.

The second scenario:

A person has been arrested in another state on charges from that state and the family wants to make bail arrangements in the city and state where they live rather than try to make arrangements with a bail bondsman in a different state.

This explanation is much more simple and to the point.

The bail bondsman the family is asking help from does not make bail in the other state and has no idea of how that state does anything, (bad idea).

The defendant is miles away with the intention of staying miles away and so the bail bondsman has zero ability to monitor the defendant in order to guarantee court appearances, (bad idea).

The defendant is planning on coming home and travel out of state as often as is needed for court appearances, (bad idea).

Making bonds in other states is a bad idea.

It is always more expensive to make out of state bonds and almost always collateral is required to make these kind of bail bonds.

Please give us a call and let's discuss your particular situation and options that are available to you.
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