The Pretrial Services Department is funded through Victoria County, was established in January 2013, and has the responsibility of conducting financial screening on criminal defendants to determine indigence. Should financial qualification be met, the department will appoint an attorney to the pending case.
The department is also responsible for supervising individuals on Pretrial Bond Release as well as defendants on Subsequent Offense DWI Bond Conditions. If you need assistance in any of these areas or with questions regarding pending cases please contact the Pretrial Services Department at (361) 580-5746.
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.
A criminal defendant who believes they qualify for indigent representation is to make a request for counsel through the Magistrate or the Pretrial Services Department. The defendant is screened through a financial questionnaire and if eligibility requirements are met will be assigned counsel on the pending case. Attorney Fees are ordered to be reimbursed at the disposition of the case.
What you need to bring: Most recent paycheck stub and proof of public assistance, if applicable.
In accordance with CCP Article 17.441 any person accused of Subsequent Offense DWI is required to have an Ignition Interlock Device installed in the vehicle primarily driven by the defendant. Should this Bond Condition be ordered by the Magistrate the Defendant is required to do the following and will be supervised by the Pretrial Services Department:
° Defendant is ordered to the Victoria County Pretrial Services Department located at 115 N. Bridge St. Ste. 318, Victoria, TX on the next Tuesday after release on bond at 9:00 AM Defendant is ordered to participate and cooperate in a substance abuse screening to determine eligibility for specialized program available for repeat DWI offenders.
° Defendant is ordered to have installed on the motor vehicle owned by the defendant or on the vehicle most regularly driven by the defendant, a device that uses a deep-lung breath analysis mechanism with a camera to make impractical the operation of a motor vehicle if ethyl alcohol is detected in the breath of the operator (ignition interlock device) no later than 30th day after release on bond; and Defendant is prohibited from operating any motor vehicle unless the vehicle is equipped with that device.
° Defendant is ordered to report to the Pretrial Services Department located at 115 N. Bridge St. Ste. 318, Victoria, TX no later than the 30th day after release on bond and provide proof of installation of a deep lung breath analysis mechanism device or complete paperwork of election to NOT operate a motor vehicle. Defendant will then report monthly until disposition of the case.
° Defendant is ordered to pay to the Pretrial Services Department a fee of $10.00 each month thereafter that the Department monitors the Device.
° Defendant is ordered to abstain from the use of alcoholic beverages of any kind or any substance capable of or calculated to cause intoxication.
Failure to comply with Bond Conditions may result in revocation of your bond and additional charges being filed. Please contact the Pretrial Services Department at (361) 580-5746 if there are any questions or concerns.