General Law

Houston Bail

Most counties set bail amounts with a standardized schedule. Most accused persons have a right to bail. However, bail may be denied in two instances: for capital murder and for repeat offenders in certain circumstances. A hearing is required to deny bail. Usually, when prosecutors want to deny bail, they will avoid the hearing by setting the bail at a high amount that most people will not be able to pay.

Certain conditions may be imposed on persons released on bail. For example, the judge may instruct the defendant not to go near the alleged victim, or the court may require the defendant to submit to electronic monitoring.
If the bail is set too high, the amount may be challenged in a Habeas Corpus suit.

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