There is no set rule in Texas law that determines the amount of bail to be set. Instead, the rules that regulate the setting of bail state that the bail “shall be sufficiently high to give reasonable assurance that the undertaking will be complied with.” All that means is that the amount of bail should be of a sufficient amount that the person released on that bail will not ignore his or her obligation to appear in court to answer to the charges.
Bond is to court what cheese is to a mousetrap.
Generally, bond amounts escalate based on criminal history and on the seriousness of the offense. So, if your loved one has limited criminal history and the offense for which they are charged is not one that shocks the conscience, there may be hope in seeing the bond amount lowered.
Harris County magistrates refer to something called a “bond schedule” when determining what amount the bond should be. The “bond schedule” is not the law and is not set in stone. Indeed, another of the rules that should direct magistrates in the proper setting of bonds states that the “power to require bail is not to be used as…an instrument of oppression.”
So, if the bond amount set is too high for you to pay, here are some options to consider: