The PR bonds are done out of the Pretrial Services department.  Their department is an extension of the Courthouse.  They determine if a person is eligible to receive a personal recognizance bond.  Because this is what they are known for they are called P.R. Bonds by the majority of people.  I’ll stay with that name so there won’t be any confusion.

When a person gets a P.R. bond they are signing on their own personal recognizance.  In other words, they are promising to appear in court.  There is a fee for a P.R. bond, normally 3% of the bond, nonrefundable.  The arrested individual will be interviewed by P.R. Bonds personnel.  They will ask for a list of references and will call those individuals to help them determine if the arrested person is someone who has strong ties to the community or is someone who might run.

It’s a time consuming process which keeps them very busy.  However, they are pretty decent when dealing with people on the phone.  They are a 24/7 operation.

P.R. Bonds:  210-335-6315

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  • Laura  On August 9, 2013 at 7:04 am

    hi do you know whats.the website to find.out.our court date anid time

  • admin  On August 9, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Laura – Go to the Extra Information category and click on the Court Information Online link.

  • Joseph  On August 21, 2013 at 10:07 am

    My son was given a PR Bond $800. Will he have to pay this amount when he shows up for court?

  • admin  On August 30, 2013 at 1:41 am

    Joseph – A Personal Recognizance bond (PR bond) is basically a bond based on your son’s honor. It accepts that your son will show up in court because he says he will. No money passes hands so none is owed back. There is the initial fee and that’s it.

  • josh  On September 17, 2013 at 3:09 am

    my girlfriend got arrested on Saturday, and she got assigned a dorm/pod and a bunk in the annex already. she applied for a pr bond and they called her references she gave them to confirm the information they needed. is it possible she can still get approved on the pr bond if shes already been in her dorm/pod for a couple days? can they release her from the dorm/pod during da week sometime?

  • admin  On September 22, 2013 at 2:03 am

    Josh – PR bonds can be approved at any time.

  • concerned wife  On September 26, 2013 at 11:49 am

    My husband was arrested yesterday had a court date on the 9th of sept.but wasnt aware of it inwhich it became a warrent i called about his charges & it says retempt without bond so now he’s ben transfered to county jail can he still qualify for a PR bond it being his first time??

  • admin  On October 11, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Concerned Wife – It depends on what the charge is. Some charges are not eligible for a PR bond. You need to call PR Bonds at 210-335-6315 to find out if he is eligible.

  • Cindy  On October 14, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    If a person gets out on a PR bond of $2, 000 how is that repaid? I see it says 3 percent is a nonrefundable fee but when and how is it payed back?

  • admin  On October 24, 2013 at 12:41 am

    Cindy – There is no repayment on a PR bond. What it does is say you are promising to appear. It gives someone the benefit of the doubt that they are an honorable person and will do what they promised to do. The fee is a processing fee.

  • Lexa  On November 2, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    My boyfriend was applying for a PR bond at the same time I was working on getting a bond for him. The PR bond was still in the application/approval process when the Bondsman I was working with called to cancel the process.

    My concern is his employment. Since Texas is an ‘at-will’ state and employment can be terminated at any time, I believe his employer has a policy that if a shift is missed due to incarceration it is cause for immediate termination. Since the PR bond requires references (one I am assuming is proof of employment, since he mentioned that he put down his work place), I am worried that they recieved a phone call inquiring on behalf of the approval process which could result in the loss of his employment (and therefore beginning an even more difficult route of finding employment to pay the related fines and court fees).

    My question is this: Is there a way to find out which references had been contacted before the process was cancelled? Would we be able to call the Magistrate’s office or another office involved?

  • admin  On November 5, 2013 at 2:57 am

    Lexa – Call PR Bonds at 210-335-6315. They are a 24/7 office.

  • Kayla  On November 8, 2013 at 10:34 am

    My brother is currently out on a PR bond (for tresspassing) however i am supre worried about him he is 23 and on drugs, he dont have court until 12/9. My step dad passed away 11/5 from an ocerdose an im worried my brother is going to go the same way, does he get drug tested on pr bonds? i wanted to see if i could talk to someone there about getting him rehab my family n u deff cant afford it.

  • Mike  On November 19, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Once a person is approved for a P.R. bond and they leave the jail, are there any actions, other than not showing up for their court date, that could cause the bond to be revoked? (Actions such as failed drug tests, non-favorable encounter with law enforcement, etc…)

  • admin  On November 19, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Kayla – You need to speak to his attorney. The attorney will be the one that needs to try to get rehab for his client. PR Bonds does not test for drugs.

  • admin  On November 19, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Mike – Yes. The things you mention will do it. A bond can be revoked.

  • Richard  On November 25, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    My bond was set for $1000 however it says that I need to pay $30 at Pre-Trial Services. Do they accept card, cash, or check? Or does it have to be a money order?

  • Richard  On November 25, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Second question, the lady who was giving me my PR bond told me that all I would have to pay is the $30 and not the full $1000. Is that correct?

  • stevie  On December 4, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    I was given a P.R. Bond in Austin in Travis County for dwi. Not sure if things are similar. I am still on bond and was pulled over for running a red light. Used my friends car for an emergency and my license is suspended. Cop didnt arrest me but did give me a traffic ticket for running red sign and no license. Will this effect me on my case or bond?

  • admin  On December 12, 2013 at 12:19 am

    Stevie – You need legal advice. Your best bet is to contact the attorney that is working on your DWI case for information.

  • admin  On December 12, 2013 at 1:01 am

    Richard – Yes, that’s true. You are only paying the paperwork fee.

  • admin  On December 12, 2013 at 1:07 am

    Richard – They accept cash and money orders. If they accept money orders they probably take cashier’s checks also.

  • ednak  On December 23, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Do you have to report to a bondsman or anywhere after youve been released on a pr bond?

  • admin  On January 8, 2014 at 1:59 am

    Ednak – PR bonds is part of the judicial system. A PR bond is basically saying you promise to show up. You just need to be concerned about what the people processing your bond, Judicial Services, tell you to do. No private bondsman is necessary.

  • jackie  On February 6, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    My husband got interviewed for his probably bond Tuesday night & judge still hasn’t signed it? Is that normal? He’s in jail right now.

  • admin  On February 8, 2014 at 2:43 am

    Jackie – Before approving a PR Bond they personnel that interviewed him will investigate him. They will call the contacts that he gave to see if those people will vouch for him. If they are not able to make contact, or did not feel comfortable with the response they may be taking longer. It’s also possible that it was not approved. Contact PR at 210-335-6315 to see if they can tell you what the problem is.

  • zelena  On February 16, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    My husband is currently in jail at carrizales in olmito tx he is in there for domestic violence And Impeding of breath his first felony but has already gotten a pr bond on a previous charge would he be able to get a second pr bond?

  • admin  On February 17, 2014 at 2:26 am

    Zelena – We are confused by your question. Are you saying the warrants are out of Bexar County? If so, then you would need to contact P.R. Bonds at 210-335-6315 to see if he is eligible for another one. If the warrants from the other county you would need to contact them.

  • Rachel  On February 19, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    I was released on a P. R. bond and it required me to meet a week after my release
    with completed given paper work and $60. I did not attend this sechuled meet and
    therefor not paying that $60 fee either. Can my PR bond be revoked? If so, how
    will I know? But I haven’t missed my court date and do plan on appearing,
    any advise?

  • admin  On February 26, 2014 at 2:46 am

    Rachel – Yes your bond can be revoked. If that happens a warrant will be issued for your arrest. Our advice, contact the P.R. Bond office to see if you can reschedule your meeting.

  • diana  On March 19, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Sure would like to publicize your website more on our website–we advocate for better jails and better treatment of inmates. I think what you are doing is awesome. If I could talk with you a little, I could write up a short piece about your UNOFFICIAL website!

  • admin  On April 1, 2014 at 5:12 am

    Diana – We would like to thank you for your kind words. We reviewed your site and had a round table on your offer. We admire what you are doing but we were a little uncomfortable with the comments from people that only had bad things to say. We have various goals one of which is making this situation less stressful for family and friends of the incarcerated individual. We prefer to make people knowledgeable about why things have to be done a certain way so people don’t feel their loved one is being targeted for no reason and what they should do when there is an actual problem. The final vote was to decline your generous offer. We wish you the best of luck in your endeavors.

  • concerned mother  On April 24, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    If someone is out on a PR bond and catches another case causing the PR bond to be revoked… what happens and how long does this process take ?

  • admin  On April 28, 2014 at 4:08 am

    Concerned Mother – If the PR bond is revoked a warrant will be issued for that case. No set time limit but pretty quickly.

  • Frances  On May 21, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    my boyfriend got a pr bond and was told he has to take a class, is this just a one time class or does he have to take it multiple times until he appears in court?

  • admin  On May 23, 2014 at 12:42 am

    Frances – We have no idea what class he was told to take. Contact his attorney or the court his case was tried in for more information.

  • Tom  On June 12, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    I’m out on a PR bond. What if I just go to a Bond’s person to pay my Bond. If I do that can the court put any type of condtions on my me, like having a breathlyzer in my car.

  • Crystal  On June 21, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    What does “Disposition: Magistrated -Released” mean exactly?

  • marco  On June 21, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    i was realized on a pr bond for a dwi charge, is it possible for me to be drug tested before my court date?

  • steven  On June 22, 2014 at 12:23 am

    i have a pr bond…im suppose to report tuesday. i had a job prior to going to jail and an interview to go to work that has been rescheduled… i cannot show proof of work at the moment will they revoke my bond?

  • admin  On June 27, 2014 at 4:23 am

    Steven – They are trying to keep people out of jail to avoid overcrowding. Tell them your situation. They will probably work with you.

  • admin  On June 27, 2014 at 4:25 am

    Marco – We don’t understand what you are asking. Do you want to go get yourself drug tested? Are you asking if they will randomly drug test you? Or maybe you’re asking if getting drug tested will help your case?

  • admin  On June 27, 2014 at 4:26 am

    Crystal – That he has been through the magistration process and has been released.

  • admin  On June 27, 2014 at 4:48 am

    Tom – The conditions are set for you to be able to get a bond. The type of bond does not matter.

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