THOMAS A. MARTIN
The Law Offices of Thomas A. Martin represents clients throughout Southeast Texas, including the cities of Houston, Galveston, Memorial, River Oaks, West University,
Clear Lake, League City, Sugar Land, Pearland, Beaumont, Hempstead, Katy, Conroe, and all the communities in Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend,
Galveston, Grimes, Harris, Jefferson, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Polk, San Jacinto, Trinity, Walker, Waller and Wharton Counties.
The Law Offices of Thomas A. Martin represents individuals
facing serious felony charges in both state and federal trial
and appellate courts. We represent people facing felony
charges from drugs to murder, and have developed an
emphasis on sex crimes (both adult and child offenses).
In our commercial litigation practice, we represent small
business owners facing "bet the business" litigation
prospects if the opposing side wins.
With our family law practice, we cherish the opportunity to
represent parents, especially fathers, who need a divorce
and want to keep or get custody of their kids.
WHAT IS BAIL AND HOW IS IT SET?
The amount of bail - money or other security deposited with the court to insure that you will appear - is set by a
schedule in each county. You may be notified that you can forfeit or give up bail instead of appearing in court if you
receive a traffic citation. However, if you have any doubt, go to court so a warrant is not issued for your arrest for
failing to appear. Bail forfeiture does not mean that charges will be dropped and usually works as a conviction for a
If you cannot post or put up the bail, you will be kept in custody. Depending on where you are arrested, you may have
the opportunity to request a bail reduction through a bail commissioner.
When you are taken to court for bail setting or release, the judge will consider the seriousness of the offense you are
charged with, any prior criminal record, any prior failures to appear - even for traffic tickets, your connections to the
community, as well as the probability that you will appear in court. The amount of bail is set according to a written
schedule based on your charges. The law presumes you are guilty of the charges for the purposes of setting the bail for
Instead of paying bail, you might be released on your own personal recognizance. This means that you do not have to
pay bail because the judge believes that you will show up for your court appearances without bail.