The Pretrial Services Program supports community safety efforts by providing accurate information to the judicial system for release decisions and structured supervision of defendants while on pretrial status. The Pretrial Services Program accomplishes this in two primary ways:

a. Interview and investigate individuals who qualify for Personal Recognizance Bonds (PR Bonds) and provide the information to the judicial officers who make a determination to release the individual from custody. Program staff provide supervision to help ensure the individual attends scheduled court appearances and does not re-offend while out on PR Bond.

b. Provide compliance monitoring to individuals who have been released from custody on PR Bond with conditions that may include drug and alcohol testing.

For additional information, please contact Dawn Montoya, PR Bond Commissioner at (719) 520-7070 or DawnMontoya@elpasoco.com or fax: (719) 390-2114.

FREQUENTLY ASKED PRETRIAL SERVICES QUESTIONS

I. What are the bond types for getting released from the Criminal Justice Center?

1. Cash Bond: Post the full bail amount in cash with the court.  If you fail to appear, the bond amount is forfeited.
2. Surety Bond: A bail bond company signs a promissory note to the court for the full bail amount and charges you a fee for the service.  If you fail to appear, the bond company is liable to the court for the full bail amount.
3. Personal Recognizance (PR) Bond:  The court releases you on a signed agreement that you will appear in court as required.  A PR bond may have a condition or multiple conditions as set forth by the judge.

II. How do I pay my Pretrial Service Administration Fee?

By accepting a Personal Recognizance (PR) Bond and participating in the Pretrial Services Program, defendants agree to comply with all court ordered conditions and Pretrial Services
Program requirements, and pay the $55 Pretrial Services Administration Fee.
Please complete the form (Pretrial Services Administration Fee Collection Information) and mail the form and the $55 fee payable to El Paso County – Pretrial Services (check or money order only – do not send cash) postmarked within 96 hours of release.

III.  If I have the public defender represent me at advisement; will they still be my attorney when I’m released from custody?

You will have to contact the public defender’s office once released to complete any necessary paperwork.  If you qualify for a public defender, one will be appointed to you.  Questions can be directed to the Public Defender’s Office at (719) 475-1235.