24 Hour Jail Release in Travis County

24 Hour Jail Release in Travis County

Information We Will Need
If you are calling to find help in getting someone out of jail, please be ready to provide as much of the following information as possible to expedite the process:

  • Full name of person arrested
  • Date and time of arrest
  • Full name of person calling
  • Relationship of person calling to person arrested
  • Background information (employment, community involvement, etc.) of person arrested
  • Name of jail where arrested person is being held
  • Alleged reason for arrest
  • Names of people present at time of arrest
  • Prior record of person arrested

Jail Release Fees
The fee for jail release is dependent upon various factors including prior criminal record, pending criminal cases, and seriousness of offense. Once we have obtained the preliminary information which, in some cases, requires a meeting with the jailed client, we are able to calculate the cost for doing the jail release, quote the fee, and make payment arrangements.

The Bail Process and How Bail is Set

After being arrested, a person is taken to jail, booked, and incarcerated while the arresting officer files the allegations against the defendant. At this point, the arrested person is presumed innocent.

After processing, the arrested person has a choice to either await his court date in jail or to post bond—a determined amount of money which is used by the State as collateral to ensure that the arrested person returns to court.  The amount of the bond is determined by the magistrate.   Typically, a first offense DWI bond amount for a defendant with no prior arrest record may be set between $1,500 and $3,000. Bond amounts can be set as high as $10,000 or more for family violence assault, $20,000 for aggravated assault, $75,000 for sexual assault, and over $250,000 for murder. In determining the amount, the judge will consider several factors, the most important of which are the severity of the allegations and the criminal history of the accused.

How to be Released from Jail

Once a bond amount has been set, there are several ways to proceed:  a personal recognizance bond, a cash deposit bond, a cash bond, or a surety bond.

A personal recognizance bond allows the accused person to be released on his/her own recognizance.  Several factors are considered before an accused person is awarded a personal recognizance bond including, but not limited to, a person’s criminal history, verifiable information provided by the person, and whether or not a person is local or from out-of-town.  This type of bond is not automatically granted and it is more likely to be approved if the person has hired an attorney.

A cash deposit bond allows the accused person to pay just a portion of the full amount of the bond. The payment is usually refundable upon resolution of the case.  However, if the accused person fails to appear in court, the deposit may be forfeited, and the judge will issue a warrant for arrest.

A cash bond, on the other hand, is an option whereby the accused person deposits the full amount of the bond by means of a cashier’s check or money order. Although the money is usually refundable upon resolution of the case, the case may not be resolved fully for a year or more. In addition, many people will not be able to come up with such a large sum of money on such short notice. As with the cash deposit bond, if the accused person fails to appear in court on the correct date, the money may be forfeited, and the judge will issue a warrant for arrest.

In many cases, when an amount is too large to pay upfront, a person hires a bail bond company to post a surety bond which functions like an insurance policy to guarantee the amount. The typical charge for this is 15-20% of the bond amount. The drawbacks are that thebail bondsman requires a co-signer and/or collateral at twice the value of the bond, the fee is never refundable, nor can it be applied toward attorney fees.

Why You Should Call an Attorney

If you are in the desperate situation of trying to help someone get out of jail and face the complexities of the legal system, you should save yourself and the arrested person unnecessary stress and expense by seeking the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney.  The advantages to hiring an attorney are:

    • An attorney can increase a person’s odds of obtaining a personal recognizance bond.
    • An attorney can question witnesses and investigate at once while memories and evidence are fresh.
    • An attorney can provide guidance during a legal emergency.
    • An attorney can provide answers to legal questions.
    • An attorney can minimize pressure during a time of worry and unfamiliarity.
    • An attorney can clarify the direct legal implications of the arrest.
    • An attorney can provide legal guidance regarding the impact of the arrest on future employment.
    • An attorney can provide answers about the legal system to friends and family members.
    • An attorney can locate an impounded car and instruct the client’s family on how to get it out of impound.


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