When charged with a DWI, some Longview residents find they must remain in jail unless they can post bail. In some cases, posting bail is not always required before a defendant is free to go. However, it is up to a court to decide when such a measure is warranted. For example, if courts fear a defendant might not appear for court after their release, they may order bail to encourage the appearance.
How does bail or bond work in Texas DWIs?
If you get out of jail on bond, you are not a free agent quite yet. The state imposes many conditions upon those who are out on bond. Examples of bond conditions you may expect are listed in the section below.
- Installation of an ignition interlock device on your vehicle.
- Adherence to an established home curfew time.
- Submission to the electronic monitoring of your movements.
- Staying away from people and places of “disreputable or harmful character.”
- Attendance in substance abuse therapy or participation in substance abuse treatment.
- Refraining from consuming alcohol or controlled substances.
Courts consider several factors when deciding if posting a bond is required. For example, they will look at the severity of the DWI charge and the circumstances under which the offense allegedly occurred.
Those arrested for a Longview DWI can benefit from learning how Texas deals with such charges. If a court orders you to make bail before your release, you can probably expect an aggressive approach to your case. Under no circumstances should you violate the terms of your bond. Instead, consider looking for a way to defend yourself against your charges while remaining in full compliance with the law.