How can a person who has already been sentenced get out on bail?

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How can a person who has already been sentenced get out on bail?

I know someone who committed a sex
crime against a minor. They were
sentenced and sent to county jail.
Today they were able to bond out.
How is that possible?

Asked on September 11, 2019 under Criminal Law, Texas

Answers:

B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Most sex crimes against children are felonies....so it may be that the person was arrested, but not actually sentenced.  If a person is convicted and sentenced for a felony, then they will be sent to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to serve their sentence.  If the charge was reduced to something less than a sex crime against a child, then it's possible they could be pled to another charge that is a misdemeanor...as opposed to a felony...which would be served in a county jail.
If a person is convicted of any offense and they decide to appeal their conviction, then a trial judge does have the ability to set an appeal bond....which basically means they stay out of jail while their case is on appeal....and then they go back to jail if the appellate court upholds their conviction.  So, it's also possible that the person was released on an appeal bond.


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