A “no bond” or “zero bond” means that no bond or bail has been set for the defendant. There can be various reasons for this. A judge may not yet have had a chance to set a bond, or a judge has determined that bond should not be set.
However, it is important to know that – absent certain specific and limited circumstances – a defendant in Texas courts is entitled to a bond.
Sometimes, judges hold these eligible defendants without a bond by mistake. Other times, judges (who are, after all, elected officials and have to worry about getting votes) hold these eligible defendants without bond intentionally, particularly in high-profile cases.
A defendant in jail, without a bond, does not help his case. He or she cannot assist the attorney in defending their case as effectively. He or she also risks getting into trouble in jail because of fights or arguments that are not even their fault, and the defendants cannot do volunteer work, get treatment, or any other actions that could best position the for a successful outcome.
If your loved one is being held without bond, it is imperative you contact an attorney who understands a defendant’s right to bond.
At the Neal Davis Law Firm, our Houston criminal defense attorneys put decades of experience fighting for the rights of individuals charged with sex offenses, computer crimes, drug offenses, white collar crimes and other offenses in Harris County and throughout Texas. Give us a call immediately if you need expert legal counsel and representation.