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The Pretrial Services Department is funded through Victoria County, was established in January 2013, and has the responsibility of conducting financial screening on criminal defendants to determine indigence. Should financial qualification be met, the department will appoint an attorney to the pending case.

The department is also responsible for supervising individuals on Pretrial Bond Release as well as defendants on Subsequent Offense DWI Bond Conditions. If you need assistance in any of these areas or with questions regarding pending cases please contact the Pretrial Services Department at (361) 580-5746.

  • A criminal defendant who believes they qualify for indigent representation is to make a request for counsel through the Magistrate or the Pretrial Services Department. The defendant is screened through a financial questionnaire and if eligibility requirements are met will be assigned counsel on the pending case. Attorney Fees are ordered to be reimbursed at the disposition of the case.

    What you need to bring: Most recent paycheck stub and proof of public assistance, if applicable.

  • The Victoria County Pretrial Services Bonding Program is designated to help individuals obtain jail release who live in Victoria County or the surrounding counties. A Pretrial Bond is a personal bond offered as an alternative to jail for those individuals who qualify. The office is responsible for gathering and reviewing information about an accused person to assist the magistrate in making a determination to release the individual from custody. Pretrial Services is committed to providing a cost effective mechanism available to defendants for release from jail, to assist in alleviating an overcrowded jail, and to provide a fair and unbiased method of release.

    The cost of Pretrial Bond is $20.00 or 3% of the bond amount. Whichever is greater.

    Direct Objectives:

      • To reduce jail overcrowding
      • To ensure speedy release of eligible defendants from custody
      • To reduce injustices in the release system
      • To minimize number of failures to appear in court
      • To ensure a fair and equitable manner for all eligible persons to be released from jail


    Indirect Objectives:

      • To inspire confidence in the legal system
      • To provide a means to maintain employment and retain an attorney for pending cases
      • To reduce the loss of spending power in the community and the accompanying loss of potential tax revenue to the county
      • To reduce the number of family disruptions caused when a parent/loved one is incarcerated
      • To allow defendants with roots in the community to obtain release



    When you call the Pretrial Services Department in order to obtain a Pretrial Bond, you will need to provide the interviewer with information regarding the person in jail. This information will aid in determining the client's eligibility to be released from jail.

    Before you call, have the client's full legal name, the correct spelling, and date of birth. The client must have a valid driver's license or state identification card, and a social security number. In addition, you must provide three (3) local references along with their address and telephone information.

    A personal interview will be conducted on the client at the Victoria County Jail. If the client is not at the facility, the person requesting the release will need to provide the necessary information to qualify the client. The time of release from jail may vary according to the jail population. When bonding someone out of jail, please make allowances for unforeseen problems and possible delays.

    Failure to comply with Bond Conditions may result in revocation of your bond and additional charges being files.



    Considerations for recommendation of release:

      • Ties to the Community
      • Ties to the State
      • Employment
      • Prior Misdemeanors
      • Prior Assaultive Conduct


    Ineligible for automatic personal bond recommendation if:

      • Prior Felony Deferred Adjudication or Conviction
      • Federal Law Violation (ex. Illegal Alien)
      • Prior Failure to Appear



      • All Capital Felonies
      • All 1st Degree Felonies
      • All 2nd Degree Felonies
      • All Motion to Adjudicate Cases
      • All Motion to Revoke Cases


    Exclude: The following 3rd Degree Felonies:

      • All Deliveries of Controlled Substance or Marijuana
      • Felony DWI
      • Intoxication Assault
      • Possession of Firearm by Felon
      • All Assaults/Title 5 (TCP Chapter 19-22) /"Sex Related" Offenses


    Exclude: The following State Jail Felonies:

      • DWI with Child Passenger
      • All Assaults/Title 5 (TCP Chapter 19-22)/"Sex Related" Offenses


    Exclude: The following Misdemeanor Offenses:

      • Violation of Protective Order
      • Stalking
      • All Assaults/Title 5 (TCP Chapter 19-22)/"Sex Related" Offenses


    Pretrial Screening methods are not simple, therefore call the Pretrial Services Department at (361) 580-5746 to determine eligibility


  • In accordance with CCP Article 17.441 any person accused of Subsequent Offense DWI is required to have an Ignition Interlock Device installed in the vehicle primarily driven by the defendant.  Should this Bond Condition be ordered by the Magistrate the Defendant is required to do the following and will be supervised by the Pretrial Services Department:

      1. Defendant is ordered to the Victoria County Pretrial Services Department located at 115 N. Bridge St. Ste. 318 Victoria, Texas on the next Tuesday after release on bond at 9:00 AM Defendant is ordered to participate and cooperate in a substance abuse screening to determine eligibility for specialized program available for repeat DWI offenders.
      2. Defendant is ordered to have installed on the motor vehicle owned by the defendant or on the vehicle most regularly driven by the defendant, a device that uses a deep-lung breath analysis mechanism with a camera to make impractical the operation of a motor vehicle if ethyl alcohol is detected in the breath of the operator (ignition interlock device) no later than 30th day after release on bond; and Defendant is prohibited from operating any motor vehicle unless the vehicle is equipped with that device.
      3. Defendant is ordered to report to the Pretrial Services Department located at 115 N. Bridge St. Ste. 318, Victoria, Texas no later than the 30th day after release on bond and provide proof of installation of a deep lung breath analysis mechanism device or complete paperwork of election to NOT operate a motor vehicle. Defendant will then report monthly until disposition of the case.
      4. Defendant is ordered to pay to the Pretrial Services Department a fee of $10.00 each month thereafter that the Department monitors the Device.
      5. Defendant is ordered to abstain from the use of alcoholic beverages of any kind or any substance capable of or calculated to cause intoxication.


    Failure to comply with Bond Conditions may result in revocation of your bond and additional charges being filed. Please contact the Pretrial Services Department at (361) 580-5746 if there are any questions or concerns.


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