Dallas County offices will be closed November 23rd and 24th in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Guidelines and Criteria

Guidelines and Criteria


Pretrial Court Hearing

Pretrial Services assists in the elimination of overcrowding in the county and city jails by allowing qualified defendants an opportunity to be released on personal bond while pending disposition of their case.  In considering an individual for release, the agency is concerned with two primary factors:  1) whether the defendant will appear for all scheduled court settings and 2) whether the defendant poses a serious threat to the safety of the community if released on bond.

Minimum Requirements

  • Must be a resident of Dallas County or reside within a 50-mile radius.
  • Must be in jail on a Dallas County offense
  • Must provide positive identification
  • Must not be on parole or probation nor have any previous felony convictions
  • Must be willing to appear in court for all scheduled court appearances until the case is disposed
  • Defendants who have first degree felonies or who have a history of bond forfeitures are excluded from consideration unless ordered by a judge.

Excluded Charges

Dallas County Pretrial Services is unable to write personal bonds for specified criminal offenses. All personal bond releases are approved by a County Criminal Judge or a Criminal District Judge.