Paying for Bail

defendant with lawyer speaking to a judge in the courtroom

After a friend or relative discovers that a loved one is in jail, they contact our hotline and we connect them with a bondsman.

It typically takes around 30 minutes to an hour to bail someone out of jail, assuming you are ready to begin the process. The first step is setting the price of bail.

The court establishes the price of bail, and our bondsman pledges that the bond will be paid if the defendant does not appear in court. Once the court agrees to the pledge, then the defendant is released and reunited with his or her family and friends. It is then the duty of the family, friends and bondsmen to make sure that the defendant fulfills all of his or her responsibilities. Throughout the judicial proceedings, the only payment required is for our services not the bail itself. Our fees are not refunded and the defendant and co-signer are not obligated to pay the full price of the bail so long as they follow our instructions and handle their case.

There are two parts to the payment for a bond. The fee that the court charges us for posting the bond and the fee that we charge for doing the bond. The fee, we charge to the co-signer or defendant is based on a percentage of the full amount of the bail set by the court or judge and the criminal history and stability of the c0-signer and defendant.

Bail Bond fees are paid with a credit card, check, cash – in the event you can’t afford to pay for bail right away, we’ll help you with financing your bond in the form of a short term loan or accept other forms of collateral,such as a car title or deed to a property. In many cases we will provide the option of a signature bond, which means that we do not ask for collateral; here we look at specifics of the co-signer stability and the criminal history of the defendant to helps us make our decision on providing a loan.

At Doc’s Bail Bonds you will talk straight with our bondsman. We will be honest with you and expect you to be honest with us about your ability to pay. When we post a bond on your behalf you are agreeing to accept financial responsibility for the full price of bail, so getting the person bonded to court is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. Showing up for court hearings is the most important thing to do when bonded out of jail. Costs for forfeiture of a bond can be very expensive. Our expert bail bonds staff has direct access to local court information to help keep up with dates and hearings.


Doc’s Bail Bonds opened in 1991 in McKinney Texas and now has offices in the following 9 North Texas locations; McKinney, Dallas, Richardson, Garland, Sherman, Denton, Bonham, Waxahachie and Hillsboro, and also actively serves clients in all of Collin, Dallas, Grayson, Denton, Fannin, Ellis and Hill Counties, so contact us for all of your bail bond needs no matter where you loved one is in jail.

While Doc’s Bail Bonds is physically located in North Texas, they serve clients all over Texas as well as the entire United States.

Doc’s is a top-shelf bail bond company and has been involved in various organizations educating and helping formulate laws and regulations that concern bail bondsmen, and is a member of the Professional Bondsmen of Texas, the Professional Bail Agents of the United States and is an active and “Trusted Business” of the ExpertBail Network.