What is an Appeals Bond?

Appeals Bonds in Texas

An appeals bond is exactly what it describes: a bond for the appeals process. When a court makes a decision that not all parties agree with, one or more of the parties can file to have the decisions looked over by a higher court. Since court fees are often high and both plaintiffs and defendants can go bankrupt before the higher court even hears the case. The bond shows the courts that both sides are dedicated to continuing the case.


Appealing a Ruling

Rulings can be appealed for multiple reasons, largely because the defendant believes that either the ruling or the law is unjust. This is especially relevant for criminal appeals, as criminal cases often have a lot at stake and an unfair ruling can be hugely disruptive on a person’s life. 


A defendant has 30 days from sentencing to initiate the appellate process and is strongly urged to hire a different attorney from their trial attorney. Hiring an attorney that is well versed in the appeals process could be the difference between spending large amounts of money and being left with the same sentence and potentially getting a more preferable ruling. 


It can take years for an appealed case to be heard by the higher court, and even longer get a ruling. With legal fees and being stuck between a sentence and an appeal, it’s not unusual for defendants to burn money as they wait for a ruling.


Paying the Appeals Bond

Appeals bonds are like regular bonds, in that the amount is determined by the court alongside some set rates. There are multiple options for paying different types of bonds, including cash and collateral, but all options should be discussed with a qualified attorney before paying. You don’t want to miss any deadlines by providing the wrong form of payment and being unable to fix your mistake.


Sometimes defendants can’t afford to pay the total bond in one installation. Some bondsmen will cover appeals bonds, but it’s important to consider all options before beginning the appeals process.


Who Can Appeal in Texas?

Appeals are available to most people convicted in lower courts as long as they are able to prove that there was an error made during their sentencing. People charged with crimes as low as misdemeanors and as high as murder have had their cases appealed in Texas. The best way to know if appealing is an option in your case is to speak with a lawyer. 


The Law Office of Case J Darwin is ready to help you with your case with locations in San Marcos, Seguin, and San Antonio. Call today to schedule a consultation.

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