The effect of Texas’ cash bail system

On Behalf of | Apr 8, 2024 | Criminal Defense

Texas uses a cash bail system that allows defendants to pay for release as their cases play out. However, not everyone has the means to do so, which can result in a number of issues such as losing a job or being unable to take care of a child.

Women tend to face a greater impact

Women who are sent to county jails often struggle with mental health issues that aren’t adequately addressed because of past trauma. They may also lack the resources needed to handle issues that may arise while pregnant. One woman suffered a miscarriage shortly after being taken into custody because she missed a court hearing. She was taken into custody after police did a welfare check after a report of a possible miscarriage. Further exacerbating the issue is the fact that the state doesn’t know how many women are currently in jail whether they are awaiting trial or have already been sentenced.

Poor defendants may experience negative consequences

Defendants may be allowed to seek bond, which means that they only have to pay a fraction of their bail to secure their release. However, a missed court date could mean having to pay thousands of dollars to secure a second release. Furthermore, defendants may also owe bond fees, probation fees and other costs associated with their case.

Other issues that might arise

Those who didn’t experience mental health issues in the past may develop anxiety or depression as a result of their experiences with authorities. It may also be harder to obtain a favorable outcome in your case while in jail because your criminal defense options may be limited. This is because it can be harder to negotiate from a jail cell as opposed to from the comfort of home.

If you’re charged with a crime, you will likely have the opportunity to post bail or bond. Doing so may make it easier to plead your case as you won’t feel pressured to take a plea just to avoid losing your job or kids.