Surety Appearance Bond
Any bond company or attorney that wishes to act as a Surety on any Midlothian Class C misdemeanor warrant will be required to follow these procedures. A Midlothian Surety appearance bond form will need to be completed for each violation and then turned in along with the necessary attachments. Surety appearance bonds that are not official Midlothian bonds or bonds that are incomplete will not be accepted. Warrants will not be lifted for incomplete or unacceptable bond forms.
Required Attachments for Bondsman Acting as Surety:
- Copy of Bonding License (Bond Agent must have a Class "A" License)
- Copy of Surety's Driver's License and Business Card
Required Attachments for Attorney Acting as Surety:
- Copy of Attorney's State of Texas Bar Card
- Copy of Attorney Representation Letter
- Copy of Attorney's Driver's License and Business Card
Bond Hearing Dates
The court hearing date will be assigned once the Surety appearance bonds are filed with the Midlothian Municipal Court. It is the bondsman or attorney's responsibility to make sure their Principal is aware of the assigned court date. If a court date is scheduled, the Surety and Principal will be notified by mail of the new court date at their last known address. The Surety will be responsible for the Principal's appearance at all court appearances until a plea of guilty or no contest has been entered or the case is dismissed.
For attorneys acting as sureties, upon receipt of the attorney representation letter, the case will be placed on the next attorney plea docket and a notice will be mailed to the attorney and Principal at their last known address. It is the attorney's responsibility to make sure the Principal is aware of their assigned court date and makes an appearance at all court proceedings.
A bond is considered to be in default and bond forfeiture proceedings may begin if any of the following occurs:
- A Principal and/or Surety fails to show for any scheduled court appearance(s).
- A Principal fails to enter a plea of guilty or no contest.
- The Judge does not grant a dismissal.
- The Judge has denied all motions for further resets.
Once a case is determined to be in default, a notice will be mailed to the Surety and Principal at their last known addresses. A warrant of arrest will be issued for the Principal, and the Surety will be placed on the Non Approved Bond List.