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Can a Bail Bondsman Garnish Your Wages?

If you are arrested, you will most likely need to post bail. You will also have to agree to the terms that the bail judge mandates. Bail amounts are often thousands of dollars. Most people do not have funds available to post this much bail and a bondsman is needed.

Normally the fee is around 10% of the bail amount. A bail bondsman will take care of posting bail for you and getting you released from jail. However, the defendant and sometimes the cosigner must first sign a contract with the bondsman. In the contract, they typically agree to reimburse the bond company if the court calls for the bail to be paid in full.

When Can Wages Be Garnished in Texas?

Federal laws establish how much money can be garnished from your paycheck. They set these limits to protect the debtor. They know you need to have enough pay left after garnishment in order to cover basic living expenses. Most creditors aren’t allowed to garnish wages in Texas, but there are a few exceptions. They can garnish wages for unpaid income taxes, defaulted student loans, and court-ordered child support and alimony. Laws specify how your paycheck can be garnished, and there are limits on how much can be withheld from each paycheck.

Action by Bail Bond Company

A bondsman can take their client to court if they are not making their bond payments. They can sue the defendant for any additional late fees or legal fees that accumulate because of their client’s incompetence. An agreement with a bondsman is contractual, and violating it can land you in additional trouble.

Lawsuit to Retrieve Unpaid Debt

If the defendant misses a court date, the bail bond company loses the money it posted. The defendant is responsible for paying the company back. The company can take legal action against the defendant to recoup its losses. No creditor can simply garnish your wages because you owe an unpaid debt. Before a bail bonds company can seize your assets, it must win a lawsuit against you. After winning a lawsuit, the bail bonds company receives a civil judgment from the court that ultimately grants the company the ability to garnish your wages.

Possible Re-arrest

If you are consistently not making payments or not attending court dates, your bondsman may feel you are a lost cause. The bondsman can revoke your bail. This means that you are now out of jail without bail. This puts your name on a list of people who need to return to police custody. Additionally, a bondsman can send a bounty hunter after you to make sure you either pay up or head back to jail!

Get Out of Jail Fast With A-EZ Out

If you’ve been arrested in Dallas, Tarrant, Collin, or Denton County, A-EZ Out can help. Our bail bondsmen are available 24/7 to write bail in these four counties, day and night. Let us know if you can’t afford your bail so we can work with you to figure out a plan, so you can get out of jail and back to your life. Call or visit our website to get in touch with an experienced bail bondsman today!

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