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.
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.
Legislative Update 2021: Senate Bill 6 Passed. Senate Bill 6, passed in the legislature in 2021, drastically altered the availability of personal bonds in the criminal justice system. As a reminder, a personal bond is a release from jail by the court without needing to pay for it. Senate Bill 6, specifically Art. A17.027, mainly prohibits a new Judge from releasing a person on a personal bond if that person was re-arrested while out on bond for certain offenses. In other words, a situation where a person was already released on bond, and that case is still pending -- and then they are arrested on a new (usually violent) charge. In that situation, the original Judge (the one presiding over the first arrest) has control over personal bonds, to an extent. This is a newly evolving statute and law, and only certain offenses apply, so call us if you or your loved one has been either re-arrested or has a warrant while already on bond with a pending case.
The Keates Law Firm has over 16+ Years Experience handling criminal defense 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.
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