Navigating Domestic Violence Charges in Texas

Navigating Domestic Violence Charges in Texas

There are three types of domestic violence that are recognized under Texas law. We will briefly explain each law and the associated penalties. Texas does not take domestic violence lightly. Even having a protective order because of domestic violence can have long...

Contempt of Court and How to Avoid It

Contempt of Court and How to Avoid It

"Contempt of court" is used in both criminal and civil cases, and it is something you could end up facing if you do not follow through with everything you must do when out on bail. If you are out on bail, you should understand what contempt of court is and how to...

You Missed Your Court Date: Now What?

You Missed Your Court Date: Now What?

When a person is given a summons to appear in court in the state of Texas, they are entering into a type of obligation with their county and state. According to this obligation, that person is expected to appear in court at the appointed date and time. They are also...

Why You Shouldn’t Stay In Jail

Why You Shouldn’t Stay In Jail

If a person is convicted of a crime and given a jail sentence, the sentence will be reduced by the number of days that person was detained in jail prior to conviction. (This is called “credit for time served.”) Thus, a suspect who expects to receive a jail sentence...

Auto Accidents and Their Consequences

Auto Accidents and Their Consequences

We are a society on the move, so auto accidents happen every day. There were over 113,000 crashes in Harris County in 2019, 395 of which were fatal. Even though accidents are never fun, they are usually pretty routine. We have an accident, examine damage, call...

Can I Get A Bail Bond if I’ve Been Laid Off?

Can I Get A Bail Bond if I’ve Been Laid Off?

The COVID-19 pandemic has lead to thousands of people across the country unexpectedly losing their jobs, and the increased demand for unemployment and food stamps means too many people are going without the money they need. Being laid off or financially unstable...

Can Defendants Travel While Bonded Out?

Can Defendants Travel While Bonded Out?

Most defendants would prefer to stay home with their families and work on their defense while out on bail, but the truth is life doesn’t stop after you’re arrested. You might have plans to travel for work or family obligations before your trial, and being out on bail...

How to Post Bail While Social Distancing

How to Post Bail While Social Distancing

With the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to socially distance yourself so you and your loved ones can stay safe from the spread of the virus. If you need to post bail for a loved one, here are a few ways you can do it without the unnecessary risk of...

How to Avoid Time Wasters When Posting Bail

How to Avoid Time Wasters When Posting Bail

Time is an extremely important factor in getting bailed out of jail. Not getting bailed out fast enough could mean missing out on work, school, or important bills, which can make it harder to transition back into the world and move past an arrest. Whether you’re...

10 Legal Terms Every Defendant Should Know

10 Legal Terms Every Defendant Should Know

For the average person, legal language can be incredibly confusing. Before you find yourself wrapped up in a courtroom, it is a good idea to get a basic understanding of the “legalese” you might hear in court. Today, we are going to define 10 terms that you are likely to hear during a legal proceeding. If you or a loved one has been arrested in Harris County and need help getting out of jail, ABC Bail Bonds can get you what you need. We are the oldest bail bond agents in Houston, and we know the system better than anyone.

Learn How Bail is Set in Houston

Learn How Bail is Set in Houston

Depending on which city someone is arrested in and the nature of their crime, their bail is going to be set in different ways and at varying prices. We are going to break down how bail is typically set in the city of Houston. If you or a loved one has been arrested in Harris County and needs help acquiring a bail bond, ABC Bail Bonds is ready to assist. We are the oldest and most reliable bail bond company in the city, and no one understands Houston’s jail system as well as we do.

What Happens If I Don’t Pay Off My Bail Bondsman?

What Happens If I Don’t Pay Off My Bail Bondsman?

An agreement with a bail bondsman is just as serious as your agreement with the court. Failure to follow through with your contractual promises with a bondsman can land you in some serious legal trouble, anywhere from fines to a re-arrest. When arrested, make sure your bondsman is willing to work with you to get your payments made and your court dates attended. Harris County arrestees can count on ABC Bail Bonds, the oldest and most professional bail bond company in Houston, TX. Our agents are available 24 hours a day, every day, including holidays.

What Happens If You’re Caught with Marijuana in Houston?

What Happens If You’re Caught with Marijuana in Houston?

In many different parts of America, marijuana has become legal in some form or another, but these varying rules can really cause confusion. According to the Harris County district attorney’s office, some marijuana possession charges will not be accepted or prosecuted. If the case involves 4 oz. of marijuana or less, the defendant will usually only be given a fine and a ticket. This is because the substance has to be sent to a lab to be tested.

Can You Co-Sign for Someone’s Bail Bond?

Can You Co-Sign for Someone’s Bail Bond?

For obvious reasons, you cannot plan out when you or a loved one will be arrested and placed in police custody. And just like all unexpected life events, jailtime often comes with quite a hefty bill. Most people are not able to afford to pay their full bail amount out of pocket, which is why they turn to a bondsman to help cover these unexpected expenses. Even with the help of a bail bondsman, you could need someone else to back you up on your bond purchase: a co-signer. ABC Bail Bonds understands the financial strain of jailtime and works closely with Harris County residents whenever they need a bail bond. Our friendly team is available to discuss your financial options and answer your questions 24/7, every day of the year. Call us whenever you or a loved one needs to get out of jail fast!

What Happens After You Get Arrested?

What Happens After You Get Arrested?

Something most people hope to never experience is the arrest process, but as troubles can happen to anyone, it does not hurt to know what it consists of. In addition to the actual process of arrest, it is good to know how exactly to get out of jail, which typically requires the assistance of a bail bondsman. ABC Bail Bonds is the most reliable bail bonding company in Houston and all of Harris County. Our agents are experienced; they can answer all the questions you have during this scary time and they know how to get you or a loved one out of jail as quickly as possible.

5 Helpful Organizations for Ex-Offenders

5 Helpful Organizations for Ex-Offenders

Getting out of jail and readjusting to life can be a daunting task. There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the transition from incarceration to typical daily life. Will you be able to find a home? Can you get a new job? Some people do not know where to turn for help and guidance. There are several organizations that have made it their goal to help ex-offenders, and we are going to share 5 of them with you today. ABC Bail Bonds wants to help Harris County inmates get back into a normal routine, fast.

How Many Types of Bail Bonds Are There?

How Many Types of Bail Bonds Are There?

Understanding the complex legal process that goes on at the time of the arrest to the time of sentencing can be confusing and overwhelming. By providing bail, the defendant can be released from detention with an agreement to appear in court at a later date. However, there are situations where the judge can refuse or reject bail outright. Although the circumstances of each individual will vary, there are many factors that the judge can consider to determine the amount of bail, or refuse it while leaving the defendant in prison. At ABC Bail Bonds, our team knows how important it is to have freedom when planning an upcoming trial, and bail is the only way to stay out of prison.

4 Reasons Why Bail Could Be Denied

4 Reasons Why Bail Could Be Denied

Understanding the complex legal process that goes on at the time of the arrest to the time of sentencing can be confusing and overwhelming. By providing bail, the defendant can be released from detention with an agreement to appear in court at a later date. However, there are situations where the judge can refuse or reject bail outright. Although the circumstances of each individual will vary, there are many factors that the judge can consider to determine the amount of bail, or refuse it while leaving the defendant in prison. At ABC Bail Bonds, our team knows how important it is to have freedom when planning an upcoming trial, and bail is the only way to stay out of prison.

What to Do if You’re Arrested While Out of Town

What to Do if You’re Arrested While Out of Town

Being arrested is not a pleasant experience. However, if you are out of town or in another country, the confusion and disorientation associated with the process can be far worse. For most people, navigating the criminal system can be a real challenge, even in the best of circumstances. However, if you are not at home, avoiding fatigue can be far more difficult. If you or someone you love is arrested outside the city, then the most important thing to do is stay calm and get help from experienced professionals. At ABC Bail Bonds in Houston, TX, we understand how stressful it can be to get arrested in a place that is away from your normal support area.

How to Safely Interact with Houston Police

How to Safely Interact with Houston Police

As a civilian, dealing with the police can be an emotional, distressing, and stressful situation, but it is important to maintain an awareness of your behavior. This might not always be fun to do, but the most important thing you need to do is keep yourself and the police safe. With the latest news, it’s understandable that you might be nervous about coming into contact law enforcement agents, and our team here at ABC Bail Bonds in Houston, TX, understands just how tough it can be to deal with officers.

Dealing with Bail During the Holidays

Dealing with Bail During the Holidays

With Christmas right around the corner, there’s a whole slew of major holidays that have just gone by, and even more headed your way including Hanukkah, New Years, and more. If you or a loved one is forced to deal with an unexpected arrest during this busy, hectic time, then chances are high that stress levels are going to be higher than ever. At ABC Bail Bonds in Houston, TX our team of experienced bail bonds agents has spent years helping individuals deal with the challenges of dealing with bail during the holidays.

Can Posting Bail Negatively Impact Credit Scores?

Can Posting Bail Negatively Impact Credit Scores?

When you’re faced with a situation where you or someone you care about has been arrested, one of the hardest things to deal with is the question of how to secure a release from jail. While bail is always in option in most cases, the reality is that most people simply don’t have enough money on hand to pay the staggering amounts that are associated with offenses, even if they’re minor. Even if there are funds available to deal with bail costs, some people have shared concerns about how paying for bail could ultimately impact their credit history. At ABC Bail Bonds, our team has been working with individuals across South Texas and in Houston for years as they deal with the challenges of getting arrested and posting bail.

Why Skipping Out on Bail is Never a Good Idea

Why Skipping Out on Bail is Never a Good Idea

Getting arrested can be a frustrating experience, and if you’re able to secure your release through bail, then there is a good chance that you’ve at least thought about skipping out on your court date to avoid dealing with the process. The reality is though, that modern technology and digital networks are making this decision a very bad idea. At ABC Bail Bonds, our team of professional bail bonds agents has spent years helping Texans work through the challenges of securing a release from jail through bail so that they can get a head start on dealing with their arrest and court proceedings.

Things to Avoid When Working with a Bail Bond Agency

Things to Avoid When Working with a Bail Bond Agency

Ending up in jail isn’t something anyone ever plans for, and in almost all cases, it is an embarrassing and frustrating experience. If you’ve found yourself in jail then the chances are good that you’re there for the first time and you’re feeling trapped in a strange place wondering how exactly you can secure your release while minimizing the risk of making your situation even worse than it already is. 

Types of Immigration Bonds and How They Work

Types of Immigration Bonds and How They Work

To help people get a better idea of how immigration bonds work, and the various options that are available to them based on their situation, the team here at ABC Bail Bonds wanted to take a little time to look into the topic. Having a clearer understanding of how immigration bonds work can help you or a loved one get out of confinement faster and back to taking care of problems in daily life.

Just How Terrible Are Houston’s Jails?

Just How Terrible Are Houston’s Jails?

Harris County jails are not known for their cleanliness, safety, or quick processing time. Reports from these centers feature sexual assault, overcrowded conditions (referred to by inmates as “the tanks”), hot oven-like temperatures in the summer, and even death. Here...

Why a Bail Bondsman is Better than your Best Friend

Why a Bail Bondsman is Better than your Best Friend

It’s the middle of the night, and the worst scenario you can imagine is slowly taking shape. Instead of being at home, or comfortably relaxing somewhere you feel safe, you’ve somehow ended up in jail. Aside from the frustration, you’re probably feeling, the burning...

A Guide to Harris County’s Landmark Bail Reform

A Guide to Harris County’s Landmark Bail Reform

The push towards bail reform is a natural consequence of mass incarceration in the United States. The condition is widespread: Americans who can’t afford bail can’t get out of jail, and it’s costing the government over $1 billion per year. Thousands of people today are locked up even if presumed innocent because they can’t pay. But with recent changes to Harris County’s court system, things are moving along at a rapid rate for bail reform.

All About Appolition: The Bail Money App

All About Appolition: The Bail Money App

Did you know: Every year, millions of Americans are incarcerated without being able to escape because they can’t afford to pay their bail? What’s known as the “cash bail system” has inadvertently led both the unconvicted and sometimes the innocent to stay behind bars...

Where Does My Bail Money Go?

Where Does My Bail Money Go?

When an individual is sentenced to prison, their sentence includes the possibility of parole. Prisoners who commit particularly heinous or brutal crimes are often left to serve out their sentence without the possibility of parole. Many of us are familiar with these terms because we watch the news or crime dramas on television, but what does parole entail, exactly? Who decides to reward a prisoner with parole, and what goes into that decision?

Everything You Need to Know About Parole

Everything You Need to Know About Parole

When an individual is sentenced to prison, their sentence includes the possibility of parole. Prisoners who commit particularly heinous or brutal crimes are often left to serve out their sentence without the possibility of parole. Many of us are familiar with these terms because we watch the news or crime dramas on television, but what does parole entail, exactly? Who decides to reward a prisoner with parole, and what goes into that decision?

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Getting a Bail Bond

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Getting a Bail Bond

If you or a loved one has run afoul of the law, any mistakes you make could slow down or jeopardize the bail bond process. The longer you stay in jail, the more likely it is that something will go wrong. From illegal interrogations to physical assault by other...

These Are The Qualities of a Good Bail Bondsman

These Are The Qualities of a Good Bail Bondsman

If you know someone in jail or recently arrested, the best thing to do is get them out fast. Typically, bail bonds are the cheapest and quickest option available to release any inmate from jail. While it’s easy to find just any bail bondsman, it’s important to choose...

Surety Bonds: The Breakdown

Surety Bonds: The Breakdown

Surety bonds are an insurance-like contract between three parties: the principal (you), the surety (us), and the obligee (the entity needing the bond). A surety bond financially guarantees the principal will act in compliance with any bond terms or laws. In other...

Do Non-Citizens Have Constitutional Rights?

Do Non-Citizens Have Constitutional Rights?

Do non-citizens of the United States have constitutional rights? Although there are certain exceptions, the short answer is yes. Non-citizens are protected under the US Constitution. Within the US Constitution, only certain provisions refer to “citizens” while most...

How Bounty Hunting Works

How Bounty Hunting Works

In the Wild West, outlaws were quite difficult to capture. Local sheriffs didn’t have the resources or manpower to find and subdue these dangerous criminals, so they’d often let other people capture outlaws for a reward. Of course, this motivated many to act...

5 Huge Reasons to Use a Bail Bondsman

5 Huge Reasons to Use a Bail Bondsman

No one likes going to jail, and bail bonds companies know that. That’s why their whole operation consists of bailing people out of jail as soon as they possibly can, allowing inmates to return home.  When it comes to going to jail, the choices you make determine how...

What to Expect When Getting Arrested

What to Expect When Getting Arrested

Getting arrested is a long and dreary process, and knowing what to expect when getting arrested will help immensely when facing legal issues with law enforcement or the court system. Anyone can get arrested, with or without a charge for a crime. Simply being present...

5 Easy Ways to Stay Calm Around the Police

5 Easy Ways to Stay Calm Around the Police

Whether a short encounter or a formal arrest, we understand it may be difficult to remain calm around the police. This is especially true if the environment is hostile, or if the officer is having a bad day. However, it’s extremely important to remain calm when being...

5 Crucial Tips For First Time Inmates

5 Crucial Tips For First Time Inmates

Going to jail is never easy, and it’s even harder for first time inmates. While there isn’t much you can do about going to jail, knowledge of important information and basic preparation will help you immensely. We at ABC Bail Bonds compiled this list of the five most...

A Brief Glossary of Bail Bond Terms

A Brief Glossary of Bail Bond Terms

The process of being arrested and booked into a county jail isn’t fun. Not only is it stressful, but it can be confusing. Legal jargon can sometimes be staggering, and important information may take longer to process because of it. This only results in more stress and...

Top 3 Crimes in Harris County

Top 3 Crimes in Harris County

With a great population comes great crime, and Harris County definitely has a great population. In fact, it’s the most populous county in Texas, and third most populous in the entire country. Within its borders are Houston, Spring, Cypress, Humble, La Porte, and...

Will You Get Your Bail Money Back?

Will You Get Your Bail Money Back?

Those who have experienced going to jail and being convicted of a crime have often wondered: where does the bail money go? For parents, friends or colleagues who have bailed a loved one out of jail, the curious sentiment remains: “will I get my bail money back?” While...

When Can Courts Deny Bail?

When Can Courts Deny Bail?

Before we get started, let’s explain bail. Bail is a trade—of either property or money—with a court for releasing a defendant from jail in exchange for their return to court for trial. If the defendant doesn’t  appear on the scheduled court date, the bail will then be...

10 Ways to Have a Safe Police Encounter

10 Ways to Have a Safe Police Encounter

Being stopped by the police is a frightening experience. While it’s true that everyone has a different experience when encountering the police, there are definitive ways to increase your chances of having a safe police encounter. When being stopped or pulled over by...