Search Site
IBC Centre, 130 East Travis Street, Suite #425 | San Antonio, TX 78205

Current Legislative Efforts Would Walk Back Texas Bail Reforms

Despite the documented success of misdemeanor bail reforms that have been implemented in Harris County, Texas legislators and the state’s governor are pushing for measures that would make it harder for many defendants to secure release pending trial.

Governor Greg Abbott has declared the need for bail practice changes an emergency item for this legislative session. In his State of the State address, Abbott asked the legislature to fix the bail system “that recklessly allows dangerous criminals back out onto our streets.” Abbott has put his full support behind the proposed Damon Allen Act, which would require more training for magistrates who make cash bail decisions and would create a risk assessment tool for evaluating a defendant’s risk of missing court or posing a danger to others if released.

The emergency legislation would not address the issue that prompted the recent bail reforms: the discriminatory jailing of people who cannot afford cash bail, which disproportionately affects minorities. Under a cash bail system, poor people who have been arrested but not yet convicted of a crime can find themselves languishing in jail for months. Others who have been charged with similar offenses can win release simply because they have access to the funds need to post bail. Supporters of statewide bail reform argue that this kind of discrimination is inevitable in a cash bail system. While Abbott has stated his general support for this type of reform, he maintains that it is not a legislative priority.

Other legislative measures are in gear that would make access to bail release more restrictive. Senator Paul Bettencourt has filed a bill that would limit the use of no-cash releases and that would require a minimum bond of $10,000 for people charged with multiple felonies. Senator Joan Huffman has filed a bill that would restrict use of personal recognizance (PR) bonds for a broader range of defendants, including those charged with low-level drug possession offenses.

At the Law Offices of Kevin Collins in San Antonio, our criminal defense attorneys are well-versed in navigating the bail system and have a strong record of obtaining pretrial release for our clients. We are also fervent believers in the necessity for bail reform in Texas. If you’ve been arrested for a criminal offense and need to make bail, call 210-598-8629 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with one of our knowledgeable legal professionals.

COVID-19 Notice
We are here to help and support you through these generally challenging times with your specific legal issues. You will be able to reach me or my staff through our main telephone numbers, and of course by email: [email protected] Phone conferences for existing and potential clients are available, as is the video conference feature through the Zoom app. Zoom may present some privacy challenges so phone conferences are preferred. Please take care of your health by following the measures recommended by the CDC, and by state and local authorities.
Firm Recognition
  • Super Lawyers
    Best Law Firms 2021
  • Three Best Rated
  • ThreeBest Rated
Client Reviews
  • google

    Mr. Collins was very responsive and handled a case involving my son quickly and followed up with my wife and I during every step of the process. I recommend giving him a call should you need legal assistance.

    Read more

    Clint Ratliff

  • google

    Kevin Collins got us out of a hopeless situation. He is very professional, experienced and had the right direction all the way. His staff was helpful and we were blessed to have his law firm on our side. We will be forever grateful.

    Read more

    Bonnie Hill

  • google

    I was pulled over for a DUI by the San Antonio Police Department. It was unfortunate, but immediately after my arrest, I braced myself for the fallout -- court dates, fees, missed time from work, and a host of other worries. I called Kevin and his f...

    Read more

    Mario Ochoa

  • google

    Mr. Collins recently assisted us in getting some issues resolved. He was confident in his approach since day one and put our minds at ease. Due to COVID, courts were at a stand still but that didn’t keep Mr. Collins’ office from providing us time...

    Read more

    Melissa Neri

  • lawyers

    Kevin Collins is the BEST Criminal Attorney in San Antonio , TX. He handle my case back in 1999 when the judge asked to help me and he did right there and then . Ever since then I have referred many , many clients to him . All of the clients I r...

    Read more


See all reviews
Case Results
State of Texas v. J.T. Furnishing Alcohol to a minor dismissed after start of trial despite death caused by accident
View All
Contact us

Quick Contact Form