Pretrial Bonding Program

The Victoria County Pretrial Services Bonding Program is designated to help individuals obtain jail release who live in Victoria County or the surrounding counties. A Pretrial Bond is a personal bond offered as an alternative to jail for those individuals who qualify. The office is responsible for gathering and reviewing information about an accused person to assist the magistrate in making a determination to release the individual from custody. Pretrial Services is committed to providing a cost effective mechanism available to defendants for release from jail, to assist in alleviating an overcrowded jail, and to provide a fair and unbiased method of release.

The cost of Pretrial Bond is $20.00 or 3% of the bond amount. Whichever is greater.


PRETRIAL SERVICES

Direct Objectives:

    • To reduce jail overcrowding
    • To ensure speedy release of eligible defendants from custody
    • To reduce injustices in the release system
    • To minimize number of failures to appear in court
    • To ensure a fair and equitable manner for all eligible persons to be released from jail

Indirect Objectives:

    • To inspire confidence in the legal system
    • To provide a means to maintain employment and retain an attorney for pending cases
    • To reduce the loss of spending power in the community and the accompanying loss of potential tax revenue to the county
    • To reduce the number of family disruptions caused when a parent/loved one is incarcerated
    • To allow defendants with roots in the community to obtain release

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Procedures:

When you call the Pretrial Services Department in order to obtain a Pretrial Bond, you will need to provide the interviewer with information regarding the person in jail. This information will aid in determining the client's eligibility to be released from jail.

Before you call, have the client's full legal name, the correct spelling, and date of birth. The client must have a valid driver's license or state identification card, and a social security number. In addition, you must provide three (3) local references along with their address and telephone information.

A personal interview will be conducted on the client at the Victoria County Jail. If the client is not at the facility, the person requesting the release will need to provide the necessary information to qualify the client. The time of release from jail may vary according to the jail population. When bonding someone out of jail, please make allowances for unforeseen problems and possible delays.

Failure to comply with Bond Conditions may result in revocation of your bond and additional charges being files.

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Qualifications:

Considerations for recommendation of release:

    • Ties to the Community
    • Ties to the State
    • Employment
    • Prior Misdemeanors
    • Prior Assaultive Conduct

Ineligible for automatic personal bond recommendation if:

    • Prior Felony Deferred Adjudication or Conviction
    • Federal Law Violation (ex. Illegal Alien)
    • Prior Failure to Appear

Exclude:

    • All Capital Felonies
    • All 1st Degree Felonies
    • All 2nd Degree Felonies
    • All Motion to Adjudicate Cases
    • All Motion to Revoke Cases

Exclude: The following 3rd Degree Felonies:

    • All Deliveries of Controlled Substance or Marijuana
    • Felony DWI
    • Intoxication Assault
    • Possession of Firearm by Felon
    • All Assaults/Title 5 (TCP Chapter 19-22) /"Sex Related" Offenses

Exclude: The following State Jail Felonies:

    • DWI with Child Passenger
    • All Assaults/Title 5 (TCP Chapter 19-22)/"Sex Related" Offenses

Exclude: The following Misdemeanor Offenses:

    • Violation of Protective Order
    • Stalking
    • All Assaults/Title 5 (TCP Chapter 19-22)/"Sex Related" Offenses

Pretrial Screening methods are not simple, therefore call the Pretrial Services Department at (361) 580-5746 to determine eligibility

NO COLLECT CALLS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

VICTORIA COUNTY, 115 N. Bridge St., Victoria TX. 77901
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