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How Long Can You be Detained Before Your Trial?

If you’re awaiting your day in court, you probably have questions about how long it’ll take and how long you could be held in jail leading up to your trial. A-EZ Out works hard to educate defendants about the legal process, so we’re here to answer a few common questions and explain the process the district attorney must go through while preparing for your trial.

It Depends on Your Charges

Texas law requires the court to initiate your trial or release you, either by letting you out on bail or reducing your bond, in a certain amount of time known as statutory minimums. These statutory minimums vary based on the severity of the charges against you. 

If you’ve been arrested for a felony offense, the court has 90 days to prepare and begin your trial. For Class A misdemeanors, they must start your trial within 30 days of your arrest. Class B misdemeanors give the court 15 days to initiate your trial, and class C misdemeanors only allow the court 5 days to prepare. 

Do You Have to be Released After the Minimum ends?

If the court exceeds the statutory minimum for your charge and still hasn’t started your trial, they have two options: the court can either release you on bail or reduce your bail amount so you have a greater chance of being able to afford it. If you still can’t afford your reduced bail amount, you either have to stay in jail or hire a bail bond agency to help you get out. 

How Bail Bond Agencies Help

Thanks to bail bond agencies, defendants can still get out on bail even if they can’t afford their reduced bail amount. This helps defendants get back to their work, school, bills, and family, so they don’t have to lose their jobs or homes while they’re in jail. When a defendant hires a bail bondsman, they can still get out on bail without depleting their savings. Bail bond agencies allow defendants to pay their bail off over multiple payments, and some agencies give you the option of putting up collateral, which means handing over property, money, or valuable items which you’ll be able to get back by showing up for your court dates. Bail bond agencies give defendants the freedom they deserve, even if they can’t afford the high cost of their bail.

Facing Jail Time? Call A-EZ Out Today!

If you’re facing jail time after an arrest, A-EZ Out can help. Our bail bondsmen are available 24/7 to post bail in Dallas, Denton, Tarrant, and Collin counties, day and night. Getting out on bail means you can get back to work, school, bills, and important family time while you await your trial, even if you can’t afford to post bail on your own. With A-EZ Out, you’ll be able to navigate the legal system with all the knowledge of an experienced bail bondsman by your side. For more information, or to get in touch with a bail bondsman, call or visit our website today!

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