JAIL RELEASE INFORMATION
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Procedures for Getting Out of Jail
HOW BAIL IS SET
After booking the defendant, the arresting officer files a probable cause
affidavit with the court. This is basically the police officer’s short version
of what the allegations against the defendant are. The judge reads this report,
and checks the defendant’s criminal history. At that point, the judge sets a
bail amount. The seriousness of the allegations and the length of the
defendant’s prior arrest history are probably the 2 most important factors in
determining the amount of bail set by the judge.
For misdemeanors in Travis County, bail is often set as low as $500 for hot
check cases, and as high as $10,000 or more for family violence assaults. Most
first time DWI bail amounts will be between $1500 and $3000, if the defendant
has no prior arrests. There is no set schedule for this though; so the amount
may be higher depending on the judge that initially reviews the case.
In Travis County, judges are available to set the bail amount between
approximately 7 A.M. and 1:00 A.M. People who are arrested after 1:00 A.M. (like
most DWIs, for example) will not have a bail amount set until sometime in the
morning – or even the next afternoon.
IN TRAVIS COUNTY THERE IS A WAY AN ATTORNEY CAN ARRANGE FOR A PERSON TO BE
RELEASED FROM JAIL SO THAT THEY DON’T HAVE TO SPEND THE NIGHT IN JAIL. THAT IS
CALLED A Late night HOBBY RELEASE. For more on this topic, please click here.
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Once a bond amount has been set, there are four ways to be released from
jail. These are Cash Bonds, Personal Bonds, Lawyer Assisted Bonds and Surety
This is simply a matter of depositing with the jail the full amount of the bond.
Travis County Jail will only accept cashier’s checks or money orders in the
amount of the bail (not cash).
There are a couple reasons why this is often not the best option for someone
trying to be released from jail. First, since bond is usually set in the
thousands, rather than hundreds of dollars, many people will find they can not
come up with the funds as quickly as their friend or loved one needs to get out
of jail. Secondly, the money will be tied up until the case is resolved – which
could be a year or even longer. This is generally not a good use of cash funds.
Sometime after the arrest, the Travis County Pre-Trial Services Office will
interview an arrestee, to see whether they qualify for a personal bond. If they
do qualify, the person will only be required to pay a $20 PR Bond fee to the
office. This is the cheapest way to get out of jail. However, it too is often
not the best option for the recently arrested person.
First, if a person is arrested in the middle of the night (say 2:00 A.M. for a
DWI), the judge will not see them to set a bond until sometime much closer to
noon – or even afternoon.
Secondly, depending on the number of people arrested, it can take the Pre-Trial
Services Office more than 12 hours to approve a bond for any particular
individual. It is not unusual for someone arrested for DWI at 2:00 A.M. to be
released on Personal Bond sometime between 2 and 6 P.M. Most of my clients want
to be released much sooner than that, if at all possible.
Third, there is a very strict criteria that the Pretrial Service Office uses to
determine if a person is eligible for a personal bond. Very often, a person will
not be approved for a Personal Bond unless an attorney is retained.
LAWYER ASSISTED BONDS
There are several ways that I as a lawyer can help you get out of jail. Again,
if you are seeking to get someone out of the Travis County Jail during the night
please click this link. (HOBBY RELEASE)
First, I am often able to speed up the Personal Bond Process. Even if Pre-Trial
Services wouldn’t have turned in a bond until sometime in the afternoon, I am
usually able to speed that process up and get it turned in sometime shortly
after 8 A.M. This can save the client many unpleasant hours in jail.
Second, if the client was not going to qualify for a personal bond, I can often
get a percentage cash deposit bond approved. In most cases, this money can be
applied towards the fee I charge to represent the person in court.
Third, if the person is arrested and booked, but has not seen the judge to have
a bond amount set, in Travis County, only a lawyer can get him out in the middle
of the night. This is called a HOBBY RELEASE. There are several conditions that
must be met for a person to be eligible for a Travis County hobby release.
Because my business is primarily DWIs, I have attorneys available all hours of
the day and night to help get recently arrested people out of jail. Please call
Toll Free 1-866-469-6056 to speak with an attorney that can help you now.
SURETY OR BAIL BONDS
Finally, in some cases it is necessary for someone to hire a bail bond company
to guarantee the amount of the bond. Bail bond companies typically charge at
least 15-20% of the bond amount to get someone out of jail. In some cases, of
course, it is more. The money used to pay a bondsman can never be applied to the
attorney’s fees in a case.
As you can see, there are a number of ways we can help you secure the release
from jail of your friend or love one. My phones are answered 24/7. If you are
not sure if we can help you, please call me and explain the situation. Odds are
we can help you. If not, we can point you in the right direction.
Because my business is primarily DWIs, I have attorneys available all hours
of the day and night to help get recently arrested people out of jail. Please
call Toll Free 1-866-469-6056 to speak with
an attorney that can help you now.
Because each case is different and special, I offer a free initial consultation. To assist you financially in paying any attorney fees, I offer flat rate fees and flexible payment plans that will allow you to
hire me as your criminal defense lawyer so that I can start immediately to protect your rights.