Getting Out of Jail

Bond, Jail, & Warrants

There are hundreds of reasons that a person might end up in jail, but in Travis County, there are only a handful of ways to get out of jail. The likelihood of getting out depends on a variety of factors, from the offense type, the person's history both in the community as well prior offenses, and input from the police, pretrial services, attorneys, and Judge.

If a person is already in jail, there are three main methods to get out of jail in Travis County: Personal Bond, Surety Bond, and Percentage Bonds. There are other alternatives, such as a Cash Bond (putting up the full bond amount with the court) as well, but they are not as common.

If a person is out of jail, but has an arrest warrant, then there is an alternative to self-surrender, called a Walkthrough. A walkthrough is a method of clearing an arrest warrant and getting the case on the docket without going to jail.

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What you Need to know

There is a difference in a Jail Releases and Walkthroughs. Mainly, a Jail Release. is a procedure where an Attorney obtains a personal bond for a person that was just arrested or is currently in jail. The key to a jail release being that the person is already in jail. During the Jail Release process, we talk to the Judge about releasing a person on a Personal Bond (PR Bond). It is an alternative to traditional bail bond companies, and can be cheaper and sometimes faster. There are benefits to both, so read more on the Jail Release page for more info.

Conversely, a Walkthrough is where an Attorney helps a person recall a warrant before they are actually in jail.


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