Bond (Forfeitures, Cash Bond Refunds and General Information)

Bond Information includes information related to Forfeitures, Cash Bond Refunds, and the Harris County Bail Bond Board.

Bond Forfeitures

In the event that a defendant fails to appear in court, the court may order the bond to be forfeited. A temporary order is signed that will become final if the defendant(s) cannot provide a legitimate reason for failing to appear. For those forfeited cases where there is a final judgment, the Bond Forfeiture section:

  • Maintains the bond forfeiture case filed
  • Provides cost bill and fee information related to the forfeiture
  • Accepts bond forfeiture payment

Cash Bond Refunds

Effective January 1, 2016 a fee of 5% of the bond amount not to exceed $50.00 will be deducted from cash bond refunds.
Please refer to CODE OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE CHAPTER 17. BAIL Art. 17.02 and Section 117.055, Local Government Code.

Cash Bonds are refunded to the depositor upon conclusion of the case if the defendant has successfully complied with all conditions of the bond.

NOTE: Address changes and bond assignments must be filed prior to the conclusion of the criminal case or immediately after disposition; otherwise, refunds will be mailed to the depositor at the address we have on file upon receipt of the order to refund.

The average time to complete a cash bond refund after conclusion of a case is 6 to 8 weeks.

Effective immediately, the District Clerk’s office will no longer accept Cash Bond Assignments in compliance with the Office of Attorney General opinion # GA-0773.

Bail Bond Board

The Harris County Bail Bond Board oversees the bail bond business within Harris County. The site provides information such as:

  • Recent agendas
  • Past minutes of board meetings
  • Local rules related to bail bonding
  • Bondsmen applications
  • Approved Bondsman List
  • Other bond related information

Posting a Bond

Bonds are posted at 49 San Jacinto with the Harris County Sheriff's Office. For information regarding bonding and the types of bonds, please visit the Harris County Sheriff's Office Web site.