The length of time it takes for a case to be tried in a Keller court varies, depending on several factors. In many cases, the decision on whether the trial should start right away is all up to the judge. This kind of system can lead to volatility in detainment duration before a verdict is given. Fortunately, a person arrested for an offense can post bail to gain freedom while the case proceedings are underway.
A bail is a form of security set by the court allowing a defendant immediate release from jail, while preventing him from fleeing the jurisdiction, or not appearing in court. The cost of bail is influenced by a number of factors, including the standard amount for a type of crime or misdemeanor. The judge ultimately decides on the bail amount, which may be higher or lower than the standard. Below is an excerpt from an article in Nolo.com, discussing the major factors that affect bail bond amounts.