Can You Get Bail on a Felony Charge?

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Can you get bail on a felony charge?

While felony charges are much more serious than misdemeanors, you can still post bail for those charges. This, of course, will mean the court has set a bail amount for your release. It is possible with felony charges in particular no bail will be set and you will have to remain in jail until your trial date. A felony charge with no bail usually occurs if the crime is very serious—murder, for example—or you have been deemed a flight risk. You could also be denied bail if you have an extensive criminal record, especially if you’ve had prior felony convictions. When bail is set for a felony it is often higher than for a misdemeanor because the crimes are considered more serious.

In Texas, as in other states, felonies fall under different degrees of seriousness, ranging from state jail felonies to first-degree felonies to capital felonies (these are punished with the death penalty).

Some examples of felonies include:

  • Driving while intoxicated with a child passenger, a state jail felony
  • Possession of a controlled substance less than 1 gram, a state jail felony
  • Intoxication assault, a third-degree felony
  • Jumping bail for a felony arrest, a third-degree felony
  • Online solicitation of a minor under 14, a second-degree felony
  • Arson, a second-degree felony
  • Aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony
  • Aggravated kidnapping, a first-degree felony
  • Premeditated murder, a capital felony
  • Treason, a capital felony

If you are in jail on felony charges and need help with felony bail in Weslaco, TX, you will always be in good hands with Rodriguez Bail Bonds. To get the process started, give us a call at .

How much is bail for a felony?

In some states, bail is determined by a felony bail schedule. This is often not the case in Texas. While different arrests will have a different amount, this amount is normally set at the discretion of the judge overseeing the arraignment. That said, bail amounts for felonies tend to range between $5,000-$20,000, although it isn’t unusual for a murder charge to start at $1 million or more. Again, the amounts are set at the discretion of the judge, who will look at all aspects of the case from evidence against you to your criminal background to whether you’re employed or not to your status within the community to determine the amount.   

What does out on felony bond mean?

Anytime you hear someone say they were released from jail on bond, this means a bond agent was consulted and a bond paid after a judge set a bail amount for release. This is true for both misdemeanor and felony bail. The bond amount is a fee, usually about 10% of the bail, paid to a bond agent like Rodriguez Bail Bonds so bail can be posted and the person released from jail.

How do you calculate bail?

Each different charge will have a different bail amount attached to it. For some charges, in some states, there may be a bail schedule that sets a particular amount for a charge. There are some jurisdictions that use computer programs with special algorithms built in that make bail recommendations based on various information like age and criminal history. But, usually, in Texas, the judge handling the arraignment or bail hearing will determine the amount of bail. For felony bail, this amount is normally much higher than a misdemeanor.

Can a felon bail someone out of jail

Anyone, in general, can bond someone out of jail. If you have a felony conviction on your record, you can still bond someone out of jail. But, this could get sticky as it could violate terms of your probation if you have been ordered to stay away from certain people like those with criminal charges or records. Before you attempt to bail someone out of jail, you should check with your probation officer to ensure it will not violate any court orders.

What is felony bail jumping

When you are bailed out of jail, you’ve made a promise to return to court at a scheduled date. If you fail to appear in court at the appointed time and have no good reason to have done so, or if you have fled town, you have jumped bail. When you’ve been charged with a felony offense, this is felony bail jumping, and in Texas, it is a third-degree felony offense to jump bail on felony charges. That means you now not only face the original charge but also the additional charge of bail jumping. A third-degree felony offense is punishable by two to 10 years in prison and fines up to $10,000.

A Judge Determines Felony Bail in Court.

Does a felony guarantee jail time?

In Texas, a felony conviction usually means state jail or prison time, unless deferred adjudication is awarded. A state jail felony sentence can be at least 180 days in jail but no more than two years. Convictions of first, second, third, and capital felonies generally receive varying prison sentences. If you have recently been arrested on felony charges you may spend a few days in jail until bail is set and posted. If you need help with felony bail in Weslaco, TX, you can always count on Rodriguez Bail Bonds. Get the bail bond process started by calling .