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When Bad Things Happen To Good People, Call Hill Country Bail Bonds at (512) 588-3488
What is bail? 
Bail is that part of our legal system that allows an a person who has been arrested to be temporarily released from custody.  They can then continue their lives while they prepare for their day in court.  In criminal cases, it is a sum of money, real property or surety bond that needs to be posted by or on behalf of a person who was arrested to guarantee their appearance in court.The full amount of the bail can be paid directly to the court or the bail can be made by a bail agency.   top

How does a bail bond work?  
The court system will set the amount of bail required for the person who was arrested's release.  A surety company can provide a type of insurance policy or "bond" that guarantees payment of the full bail amount to the court if the person who was arrested does not show up for all scheduled appearances.  These bonds are offered by an approved bond agency.  For supplying these bonds, bail agencies charge a fee.  The fee is usually a percentage of the total bond amount.  top

What is a bail bond?  
A bail bond is a financial guarantee made by or on behalf of a person who has been arrested that is used to guarantee their appearance in court through the end of their case.  Failure by the person who was arrested to appear in court will result in a bond forfeiture.   top

What is a bond forfeiture?  
Bail bond forfeiture results when a court appearance is missed.  If the person who was arrested misses a court date, a failure to appear is entered by the court and a warrant is issued for the their arrest.  The court also sets a deadline for when either the person who was arrested must be located and returned to custody, or the bail bond is reinstated, or the bail amount must be paid to the court. top

Who is an indemnitor/guarantor?  
An indemnitor/guarantor is the person(s) willing to be responsible for the person who was arrested while they are out on bail and co-assumes the financial liability to guarantee the full bond amount.   top

How much does it cost to bail someone out of jail?  
The fee is usually a percentage of the total bond amount.  The percentage to be paid can range anywhere from 10% to 100%, depending on the circumstances.  For an actual price, contact us at (512) 588-3488.  top

When do I get my money back?  
If you posted the full bail amount with the court yourself, this money will be returned to you at the conclusion of the court process, provided the person who was arrested appeared at all required court dates. 

If you elected to use a bail agency to post your bond, the bail agency is initially responsible to the court for the full bond amount.  The person who was arrested and the indemnitor/guarantor are responsible to the bail agency for the bond fee and any fees or additional expenses incurred by the bail agent on their behalf.  These monies are earned at the time the person who was arrested is released from custody and are not subject to return.  This is the case even if the person who was arrested is found innocent, the case is dismissed or the defendant is placed back into custody for another offense.  top

How do I pay for a bail bond?  
In an effort to make your experience with Hill Country Bail Bonds as easy as possible, we offer several different ways to make payments.  Payments can be made with cash, credit cards, debit cards, checks or money orders.  

Online Payments  - Coming soon.  

Phone Payments 

Call (512) 588-3488 to speak with an agent who will help you make a payment arrangement that suits
your individual needs. 

Mail Payments 

Payments can be made by sending a check or money order (no cash) to our administrative office at
        the following address:  

Hill Country Bail Bonds 
P.O. Box 4948
Horseshoe Bay, TX 78657-4948     top