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    Pretrial Services monitors compliance and provides case-management to assure that defendants released on personal bond report to court and successfully comply with all conditions of bond.

     

    Monthly Reporting

    All defendants released on personal bond are required to report to the Pretrial Services Office on or before the 15th of the month until disposition of their case(s).  Depending on the offense and/or the court, the defendant will be placed either mail-in reporting or office reporting.  Most misdemeanor defendants will be allowed to mail in Monthly Report Forms, unless the case is assigned to one of the misdemeanor courts that requires in-person reporting.  If charged with a felony offense, the defendant must meet in person with a Pretrial Services caseworker each month before the 15th.

    • Misdemeanor Defendants are required to report to the Pretrial Services Office by the 15th of each month via mail-in reporting. In some instances the court will require misdemeanor defendants to report in person.
    • Felony Defendants are required to report to the Pretrial Services Office in person by the 15th of the month. In some instances, felony defendants are ordered by the court to report more often, e.g., twice a month, weekly, etc.




    Failure to report to the Pretrial Services Office by the 15th of each month as required will result in the bond being revoked and a warrant issued for the defendant's arrest.

     

    Conditions of Bond

    In addition, regular conditions of bond for all defendants include:

    • Pay required bond fee
    • Hire an attorney (if indigent and unable to hire an attorney, you can address that with the court during your first appearance)
    • Appear in court for all scheduled court settings
    • Notify the Pretrial Services Office to report a change of address or employment
    • Notify the Pretrial Services Office prior to leaving the Dallas/Fort Worth area
    • Remain arrest free pending disposition of current offense

    When appropriate or necessary, the court may order additional conditions of release in which the defendant must comply.  Other conditions of bond include, but are not limited to:

    • Drug Testing
    • Ignition Interlock Device
    • Domestic Violence Orders (no contact with victim/injured party)
    • Curfew
    • Avoid certain locations and persons
    • Attend alcoholism or drug treatment
    • Psychological counseling
    • School attendance
    • Enrollment and/or completion of GED

     

    A judicial officer may at any time, modify conditions of release either reducing or increasing the level of supervision of the defendant, as deemed appropriate or necessary. Additionally, a defendant's release may be revoked by the court upon notification of non-compliance with the terms of supervision and/or conditions of release.

    If a defendant fails to comply with conditions of release, the bond may be revoked by the court and the defendant returned to jail.