If you have a loved one or friend in jail, they are worried about one thing: how quickly can he or she get out of jail. We understand that. Keates Law Firm acts fast to visit the person in jail, and get the court documents signed quickly, to minimize jailtime.
We do offer 24 hour jail releases, and if Robert can't personally get to the jail, we have other attorneys who can get it done -- and if not, we'll let you know and refer you to another attorney. We are upfront and honest about jail releases and timetables, because getting out of jail quickly is so important.
Every law firm handles jail releases differently, so knowing the difference when deciding who to hire can be key. Call us for more details, but generally, here's what we do:
Pricing varies, depending on the cases, whether it's a felony or misdemeanor, and whether there are multiple cases, history of similar cases, and prior bond forfeitures.
As a general guideline, the attorney Jail Release fee is 8%-10% of the bond amount, and goes toward the representation on the case. It's essentially the deposit.
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 bail bond 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.
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 destroyed. It's important to get out of jail and begin working on the case.
First, it's important to understand that attorneys are not permitted to ONLY perform a Jail Release. In other words, you cannot hire an attorney to get someone out of jail by paying a one time fee. You must hire an attorney, pay the deposit (which includes the jail release fee) and then that attorney represents the person on the case itself.
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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