Two important issues for a person who has been arrested are:
A lawyer may greatly expedite a person's release from jail.
Having as much of the following information as possible ready when you contact us will expedite the process of jail release:
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After a person is arrested, they are taken to the jail in Travis County. There, they will be booked and incarcerated while the arresting officer files the charges against the defendant. The arrested person is presumed innocent at this time.
The arrested person has a choice:
In determining the amount of the bond, the judge will consider factors such as:
Once the bail amount has been set, the following bond options are available (options differ depending on the jurisdiction of arrest):
This allows the accused person to be released on his/her own recognizance, with no bail being required.
Several factors are considered before an accused person is awarded a personal recognizance bond, including but not limited to:
A personal recognizance bond is not automatically granted, and may be more likely to be approved if the arrested person has hired an attorney.
This bond allows the accused person to deposit a percentage of the full amount of the bond with the Sheriff. The deposit is usually refunded upon resolution of the case.
If the accused fails to appear in court on the correct date, the deposit may be forfeited and the judge may issue a warrant for arrest.
The accused person deposits the full amount of the bond with the Sheriff's office.
Although the money is usually refundable upon resolution of the case, it is not unusual for a case to take a year or more to resolve. As with the cash deposit bond, if the accused person fails to appear in court, the money may be forfeited and the judge may issue a warrant for arrest.
This type of bond functions like an insurance policy to guarantee the bail amount when it is too large to pay upfront. The accused person will hire a bail bond company and will typically be charged 10-15% of the bond amount.
Some possible drawbacks are that the bail bondsman may require a co-signer and/or collateral, the fee is not refundable, nor can the bond fee be applied toward attorney fees.