Jail Release is a procedure where an Attorney obtains a bond for a person that was just arrested. Warrant Recall, or a Walkthrough, is where an Attorney helps a person remove or recall a warrant before they are actually in jail.
If you have an active arrest warrant or bench warrant, we can help you try to clear it and get your case back on the docket. The fee to do a walkthrough becomes the deposit on legal representation, which saves you the added fees of bond or a bailbond company.
How do you recall a warrant without going to jail? The answer is a 'Walkthrough'. A walkthrough is a procedure where an attorney talks to a Judge ahead of time to secure a bond, most typically a personal release bond. With bond in hand, the attorney meets the person at the courthouse, and they go through a shortened booking process.
The booking process is where law enforcement verified your personal info, court info, and takes booking photos and fingerprints. A walkthough is conducted on the first floor of the courthouse -- as opposed to the jail. A common exception to that is for cases involving stay away orders or protecitve orders. Call us if your case involves that. Otherwise, an Attorney can help you avoid turning yourself in to the jail, and make the process easier for you.
When a person is arrested, they are taken to jail and have to sit in booking until a judge or magistrate sets a bond amount. That delay can be hours to days -- and even longer if the Judge sets a high bond, or if pretrial services denied release after the bond is set. An attorney conducting a jail release obtains (most commonly) a personal bond, allowing the person to be released from jail earlier than normal.
At the moment (January 2017), Keates Law Firm is only doing jail releases during the 9am-5pm business day. We are unable to offer 24 hour Jail Release Services, however that may change in the future.
Bail bond companies are great, but they charge a percentage of the bond for their fee -- and you don't get it back. When you go through an attorney for a jail release, the money you pay for the jail release is actually a deposit on representation. That means you're paying one fee to hire an attorney and also to get out of jail.
Need an example? Let's say you have a $5,000 bond for a case. A bailbond company would likely charge you 10%, which is $500. You pay them, and you get out of jail. Then, you have to go hire an attorney, and pay the attorney. Contrast that with using an Austin Attorney for a jail release. On that same $5,000 bond, an attorney would charge you a jail release fee. But that fee also doubles as a deposit on representation. So you've just gotten out of jail and hired an attorney for the same price.
An attorney can speed up the release process by using a Waiver of Magistration. Magistration is the legal term for a judge telling you the charges and bond amount. Magistration is a slow process, and often causes the most delay in jail releases. Luckily, an attorney can waive your right to magistration, and get you out with a jail release sooner.
Sometimes, there are time sensitive issues with defenses -- and a person stuck in jail can be detrimental to a case. For instance, a person arrested for DWI only has 15 days to request a license hearing. That's tough to do while in jail. Likewise, there are video cameras set up all over downtown Austin. But the videos are only kept for roughly 7 days. If they are not requested, they are overwritten or detroyed. It's important to get out of jail and begin working on the case.
The Keates Law Firm has over 12+ Years Experience handling Possession of Marjuana cases. Our focus is to try and have the case dismissed against you. We don't even discuss pleas until all legal and negotiation options have been explored in detail. This includes Motions to Suppress, Motions to Exclude Evidence based on Invalid Searches or Miranda Right Violations, and Probable Cause determinations.
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