Travis County Jail Release and Travis County Bail By Jason Trumpler, P.C. on September 06, 2017



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There are a variety of ways to get someone released from the Travis County Jail after they have been arrested in Austin or in Travis County. The simplest, fastest, and most cost effective way is to hire an attorney to prepare an attorney assisted personal bond. In order to explain the benefits of an attorney assisted personal bond. it is important to understand the basic types of bonds or releases in Travis County.

There are three types of bail bonds in Travis County to get someone released. They are cash bonds, surety bonds, and personal bonds. Simply put, the attorney assisted personal bond. is a faster way to get a personal bond or a way to one when someone might not otherwise qualify for a personal bond on their own.

What is a cash bond?
A cash bond is the exact amount of money the defendant must pay before being released from jail. The full amount must be paid.

How can I pay a cash bond?

If the charge is from Travis County, you can pay by:
• Cash (exact amount). Be sure to bring the exact amount as the Sheriffs Office cannot give change.
• Money order or cashiers check made out to the Travis County Sheriffs Office.
If the charge is from another county, you can pay by:
• Money order or cashiers check in the exact amount. Do not make the money order out to anyone until told to do so by the Sheriffs Office.

Where do I pay a cash bond?

Bring your payment to:
• The Travis County jail at 509 W. 11th St, Austin, TX or
• The Travis County Correctional Complex (Del Valle Jail) at 3614 Bill Price Road, Del Valle, TX

When can I get a cash bond back?

The money is returned to the defendant after the court case is completely over and the judge orders the money returned. Bonds paid for delinquent child support are not refunded to the payee or to the defendant.

I paid a cash bond for someone else. How can I get my money back?

The money paid for a cash bond is returned only to the defendant (except in cases of delinquent child support bonds), regardless of who paid the bond. Bond payments are See also "When can I get a cash bond back?" above.

What is a surety bond?

A surety bond is a bond posted by a bondsperson.

How do I post a surety bond?

Contact a bondsperson. The bondsperson will charge a fee for this service, usually between 10% and 20% of the bond. If you hire our firm to assist with obtaining a personal bond rather than using a bondsperson for a surety bond, the entire amount of the fee you pay our for the release will be credited to your overall legal representation. The bondsman will keep whatever premium you pay them and their work is done as soon you are released.

What is a personal bond?

A Personal Bond is a sworn agreement by the defendant that he/she will return to court as ordered and will comply with conditions placed on his/her release. No money is required at the time of release, but the defendant is required to pay an administrative fee of $20 or 3% of the bond amount to Pretrial Services within 7 days of release. Often times an attorney is required to assist with obtaining a personal bond. A subject who might not otherwise qualify can many times qualify if they hire an attorney to represent them in their case and assist with the release process. Moreover, if no one is available from Travis County Pre-Trial Services to do an interview for a pre-trial bond, an attorney can start that process. In addition, only an attorney can waive magistration to further expedite the defendant's release.

How can I post a personal bond?

Individual defendants cannot post a personal bond on their own. Only Pretrial Services or an attorney may submit a request for release on personal bond to a judge. Only a judge can approve release on a personal bond. Travis County Pretrial Services interviews the majority of defendants booked on Travis County charges and considers them for release on personal bond. An attorney can also interview defendants booked in Travis County, but only pre-trial can recommend a release. Again, having an attorney can expedite the process dramatically and increase the chances a personal bond will be granted. If you wish to inquire about the status of a defendant's personal bond application, you should contact Travis County Pretrial Services at 512- 854-9381.

Why Hire a Lawyer to Assist with a Personal Bond?

Aside from an attorney's ability to often times dramatically expedite the release process, if you hire a lawyer for a jail release, there will be one less person you will have to tell the traumatic events of your arrest to. By having a lawyer involved at the outset, hiring an attorney will no longer be on your "to-do" list. Aside from the fact that we will credit a portion of the jail release fee towards your defense, we will be in a better position to advise you as to what to do when you are out of jail, especially in cases involving protective orders, pretrial release, personal bonds or different conditions of those bonds. We can advise you where to stay or what to do in order to limit your exposure to the criminal system. If we are able to get your case resolved pretrial or even pre-indictment, you will save money on attorney's fees.

The Law Offices of Jason Trumpler
902 E 5th Street, Suite 108
Austin, TX 78702
512-457-5200 (Save this number in your cell you will never know when you need it).

In Austin, we handle all types of criminal defense matters, from traffic tickets and Class C misdemeanors to serious felonies, including but not limited to:

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