Bail Bond Companies
It is the right and the responsibility of the individual to verify the current license status of any Surety Company they may decide to enter into business with. For a full listing of active bail bond companies, please visit the Bail Bond Board.
Cash Bonds are the full amount of the bond posted by Cashier's Check or Money Order only. All Cashier's Checks or Money Orders should be made payable to the "Bexar County Sheriff's Office". No cash, traveler's checks, or personal checks are accepted. You must have a valid ID.
Cash Bond Refunds
Regarding refunds of cash bonds, BCSO references the Code Of Criminal Procedure; Article 17.02:
A "bail bond" is a written undertaking entered into by the defendant and the defendant's sureties for the appearance of the principal therein before a court or magistrate to answer a criminal accusation; provided, however, that the defendant on the execution of the bail bond may deposit with the custodian of funds of the court in which the prosecution is pending current money of the United States in the amount of the bond in lieu of having sureties signing the same. Any cash funds deposited under this article shall be receipted by the officer receiving the funds and, on the order of the court, be refunded in the amount shown on the face of the receipt less the administrative fee authorized by Section 117.055, Local Government Code, after the defendant complies with the conditions of the defendant's bond, to:
- any person in the name of whom a receipt was issued, including the defendant if a receipt was issued to the defendant; or
- the defendant, if no other person is able to produce a receipt for the funds.
Art. 17.031. RELEASE ON PERSONAL BOND. (a) Any magistrate in this state may release a defendant eligible for release on personal bond under Article 17.03 of this code on his personal bond where the complaint and warrant for arrest does not originate in the county wherein the accused is arrested if the magistrate would have had jurisdiction over the matter had the complaint arisen within the county wherein the magistrate presides. The personal bond may not be revoked by the judge of the court issuing the warrant for arrest except for good cause shown.
(b) If there is a personal bond office in the county from which the warrant for arrest was issued, the court releasing a defendant on his personal bond will forward a copy of the personal bond to the personal bond office in that county.
Sec. 4. (a) If a court releases an accused on a personal bond on the recommendation of a personal bond office, the court shall assess a personal bond fee of $20 or three percent of the amount of the bail fixed for the accused, whichever is greater. The court may waive the fee or assess a lesser fee if good cause is shown.
(b) Fees collected under this article may be used solely to defray expenses of the personal bond office, including defraying the expenses of extradition.
(c) Fees collected under this article shall be deposited in the county treasury, or if the office serves more than one county, the fees shall be apportioned to each county in the district according to each county's pro rata share of the costs of the office.