Theft Ticket Cite and Release

What is a Theft Ticket and Cite and Release?

In Travis County some offenses, like Theft, qualify for a "cite and release" rather than arrest. Years ago, any offense that was a Class B Misdemeanor or more serious typically ended with the accused going to jail. Now, a police officer has the choice to either take the person to jail, or issue a "cite and release" ticket.

Make No Mistake! Cite and Release Tickets are Serious!

Theft Cite and Release Tickets are not just tickets! The fact the officer let you go with just a ticket changes nothing except bond. Traditionally, bond was set while in jail, and a Judge could later release on a PR bond (personal recognizance bond). With a Cite and Release, the decision to release on a PR Bond is made by the officer, and later agreed to by the Judge. But you still need to take care of the case itself.

In fact, if a person disregards the ticket and ignores it, the prosecutors will file a Bail Jumping warrant and new case, which is a Class A Misdemeanor -- in addition to the Theft case

The Booking Process on Cite and Release Tickets

At the bottom of the "cite and release" ticket will be a date and court. Typically Justice of the Peace #5 in Travis County. That is the date where the Judge will "agree to" and formalize the officer's decision to release on a PR Bond. You can expect to sit at the courthouse and bonding desk for several hours, during which the sheriff's deputy's will verify your information, take mugshots, and complete the booking fingerprints. You'll then be released with a new court date.

What to Do if you get a Theft Cite and Release?

Call an attorney immediately. We can advise you on the process, what to expect, and in some instances how to speed up (or delay) the proceedings.

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